Engaging Families and Creating Trusting Partnerships to Improve Child and Family Outcomes (ECTA)


The ECTA Center partnered with the DaSy Center, Ann and Rud Turnbull, and invited guests to facilitate an interactive four-part web broadcast series aimed at supporting early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) systems leaders with building capacity in personnel and families to develop trusting partnerships. These partnerships in a child’s early years lay the foundation for achieving the long-term intended outcomes for children/students with developmental delays and disabilities articulated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The series features discussions of the role that data play in strengthening family-professional partnerships. Suggestions and resources for designing personnel and family development activities to support partnerships are also shared.

Target Audience

This series is unique in addressing the knowledge-building and technical assistance needs of both practitioners and families. The webinars are intended for:

  • EI/ECSE state staff (e.g., Part C and 619 Coordinators, PD/TA staff)
  • EI/ECSE family leaders
  • Parent center/organization staff
  • IDEA State Interagency Coordinating Council/State Advisory Panel representatives; and
  • Other early childhood leaders and stakeholders committed to strengthening family-professional collaboration in programs that serve young children with developmental delays and disabilities, and their families.