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Description: This collection of resources provides presentations and information about young children’s development and age appropriate skills. Understanding Age Expectations: Birth to 3 – A guide for Virginia’s Early Childhood Special Educators is a module that reviews typical development for children ages birth to three, connects the user to developmental milestone resources, and offers activities to increase the user’s understanding of the developmental progression of skills...
Description: Local Education Agencies (LEAs) must report the percentage of preschool children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) who demonstrate improved: Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships), Acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (including early language/communication and early literacy), and Use of appropriate behavior to meet needs. States are required to measure and report on the progress children make between the time they enter a program and the time they...
Description: Understanding Age Expectations: Two to Five – A guide for Virginia’s Early Childhood Special Educators is a module that reviews typical development for children ages two to five, connects the user to developmental milestone resources, and offers activities to increase the user’s understanding of the developmental progression of skills while connecting them to the Indicator 7 outcomes. This module can be viewed by an individual to learn more about development of children two to...
Description: Understanding Age Expectations: Birth to 3 – A guide for Virginia’s Early Childhood Special Educators is a module that reviews typical development for children ages birth to three, connects the user to developmental milestone resources, and offers activities to increase the user’s understanding of the developmental progression of skills while connecting them to the Indicator 7 outcomes. This module can be viewed by an individual to learn more about development of children birth...
Description: Policymakers at both the federal and state levels are calling for increased investments in public pre-k programs, along with the requirement to evaluate these services. In response to these needs, FPG has established the National Pre-K and Early Learning Evaluation Center which is designed to help states design, implement, and evaluate pre-k and early learning programs. The National Pre-K and Early Learning Evaluation Center provides: Assistance with designing and implementing...
Description: This document provides answers to frequently asked questions related to the transition from Part C to Part B. Updated February 2017.
Description: This document provides technical assistance related to the transition from Part C to Part B and includes essential regulations as well as information regarding reporting Indicator 12. The flowchart provides an overivew of the transition from Part C to Part B.
Description: The Social Emotional Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report provides information and guidance for Head Start programs as they select curricula based on the strengths and needs of their participating children and teachers. The curricula reviewed in this report were rated for their implementation in center-based programs, and each includes elements designed to strengthen the teaching and learning of children’s social emotional and approaches to learning skills. This report is intended to...
Description: The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Autism Center for Excellence (ACE) is funded by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). Our mission is to build state-wide capacity to improve outcomes of individuals with ASD by improving the knowledge, skills and understanding of families, educators, and professionals who support someone with a spectrum disorder. (VCU ACE)
Description: These short videos demonstrate evidence-based practices for students. These short videos are approximately five minutes long and are intended to provide a quick look at implementing a particular strategy. The How To videos provide a short description of the topic with real life video examples of how to implement the evidence-based practice in the classroom with students with ASD.
Description: This video illustrates how inclusive practices should begin as early as possible. In the first part, Janelle describes her two year old daughter’s birth, early weeks in the NICU, and her stroke at four months old. In the second part, Janelle is joined by Lydia Rose's child development center teacher and her early interventionist as they discuss and illustrate a range of topics including inclusion, collaboration and teamwork between general and special educators, family-centered early...
Description: This online self-paced and self-guided course is designed for professionals who work with and support young children and their families in a variety of learning environments and inclusive settings. This course will introduce you to dialogic reading and describe how it can be used to promote the language and literacy skills of young children.  Course objectivesAt the end of this course, you will be able...
Description:  This free instructional content from FPG's autism team marked the formidable milestone after only 15 months, and here's what users around the world have been learning about how to apply evidence-based practices.  What will I learn in a module? Key components of an EBP including the various approaches that can be used with learnerswith ASD Behaviors and skills that can be addressed using the practice A step-by-step process for applying the practice Specific resources that you can...
Description: This position statement jointly created by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Division for Early Childood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) was published in 2009. It defines early childhood inclusion and clarifies what is meant by access, participation, and supports.  Look for "Inclusion (April 2009) to find the position statement in English and Spanish as well as an executive summary. 
Description: In October, 2016, ten states convened around the topic of infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH), with a specific focus on strategies to improve assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Teams from Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia participated, as well as a team of expert contributors from Minnesota. The summary of proceedings from that work, Aligning Policy and Practice: Mental Health Assessment and Treatment of...
Description: The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is also delighted to announce the release of a new planning tool, Expanding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Supports and Services: A Planning Tool for States and Communities.  This new resource provides a set of questions that can help to: inform and organize cross-system, multi-sector planning efforts; inventory existing resources, policies, and programs; identify gaps and missing linkages; and align policy with best practice. This action-oriented...
Description: This resource from Child Care Aware highlights ways in which infants and toddlers may show caregivers that they are experiencing stress. The publication also offers effective strategies to reduce children’s stress levels.
Description: It is important that children have high-quality, developmentally appropriate math experiences from an early age. In this learning deck, we will discuss how engaging learning activities can be developed and implemented in preschool classrooms to help children learn a variety of math skills, from counting to patterning and beyond! We also will discuss how intentional, systematic instruction can be used in the context of engaging activities to ensure student learning. Facilitators: Jessica Hardy,...
Description: The  U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services joined with Too Small to Fail to release a Fostering Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children Toolkit on social and emotional development. All of the resources feature examples of simple actions to take, some of which caregivers might be doing already, such as maintaining consistent routines for young children. This set of resources on healthy social and emotional development includes: A tip sheet for parents...
Description: The Administration for Children and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations, the Administration for Community Living, the Offices of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS have worked together to develop the resources at this website, which was released in January 2017. Visit the site to discover concept papers, discussion questions, examples, and frameworks. Taken together they provide an...
Description: This webinar from the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning provides information and answers to frequently asked questions related to building quality collaboration across early childhood programs to support inclusion. In the first webinar federal leaders will address screening, referral, evaluation, and the eligibility process for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) services, including discussion on a recently released memo...
Description: Description: Early Childhood (EC) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) professionals support young children with disabilities who have experienced maltreatment every day. However, many EC/ECSE professionals have reported feelings of uncertainty and confusion regarding supporting children who have been maltreated. Participants in this Learning Deck will explore: (1) the connection between disability and maltreatment in the early childhood years; (2) how early maltreatment can impact...
Description: This webinar series focuses on aspects of inclusion and services to children with disabilities. Experts draw on current evidence to cover topics such as assessment, screening, evidence-best practices that support individualization, and partnering with parents. The series includes: Launching the Head Start Disabilities/Inclusion Network  Connect with your peers and others across the country to ask questions, share resources, and have conversations about inclusion and disabilities services....
Description: This video provides background information for those new to outcomes measurement. the session provides an understanding of the historical roots of federal accountability, the current requirements, and the various purposes and uses of outcome measurement. (6 min)
Description: This presentation provides an overview to the processes of integrating IFSP-IEP and outcomes, based on work from across ECO, NECTAC, and a number of early childhood professionals interested in these processes.  Recent work is also highlighted. (17 mins,)
Description: This page provides mini training sessions on a variety of child and family outcomes related topics.  Each session is a short, stand-alone piece suitable for self-paced online learning. the videos for "why collect outcome data" and "integrating the outcomes into the IFSP and IEP" can be found on this page also.
Description: This link summarizes many questions frequently asked abou the child and family outcomes measurement process and provides brief answers.
Description: This document provides information and questions regarding the three outcome areas: a.) Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships.), b.) Acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (including early language/communication and early literacy), and c.) Use of appropriate behaviors to meet needs. 
Description: This narrated module was developed by training personnel in Illinois based on content developed by the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The module corresponds to Indicator 7 child outcome - acquisition and use of knowledge and skills and is focused on identifying age-appropriate skills among children zero to three.
Description: This narrated module was developed by training personnel in Illinois based on content developed by the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The module corresponds to Indicator 7 child outcome - positive social emotional skills and is focused on identifying age-appropriate skills among children zero to three.
Description: This narrated module was developed by training personnel in Illinois based on content developed by the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The module corresponds to Indicator 7 child outcome - taking appropriate action to meet needs and is focused on identifying age-appropriate skills among children zero to three.
Description: "Learn the Signs. Act Early" has developed a free library of photos and videos demonstrating developmental milestones from 2 months to 5 years of age. The Milestones in Action library was created to help parents, early care and education providers, and healthcare providers identify developmental milestones in very young children and recognize any areas of concern. No permissions are needed to use the photos and images in this library for educational or awareness-building purposes.
Description: This document provides a list of resources providing different kinds of information about age-expected skills and behaviors observed in children from birth to five years. Additional resources may be found on the Outcomes section of the ECTA Center website (http://ectacenter.org/eco/index.asp) under Training Resources.
Description: This document provides clarification on foundational skills and provides examples.
Description: The new ZERO TO THREE publication, “Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Policies and Practices to Foster the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children” provides an overview of early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC), current issues in the field, and possible future directions. The paper also provides a snapshot of current programs across the nation and highlights some of the challenges and innovations that are shaping the field. Thirteen states are profiled,...
Description: The Child Outcomes Summary Process (COS) is a team process for summarizing information related to a child’s progress on each of the Indicator 7 three child outcome areas. The COS process is an effective way to use multiple sources of information to describe a child’s function on each outcome area.   The COS process is NOT an assessment instrument. It is a process used for summarizing across multiple sources of information about the child. Using the COS process does not require...
Description: The Decision Tree can be used to assist teams when determining a rating and are completing the Outcomes Summary Form. 
Description: A comprehensive online module has been developed jointly by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSY) to support those who provide instruction or related services to infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities.  The module provides key information about the COS process, and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. The course can be used by an individual or can be used to...
Description: This document provides instructions designed to assist teams in completing the Child Outcomes Summary form at entry and exit. 
Description: The Conversation Starters provide questions to guide your discussions with family members, other IEP team members, or others who can provide information on the child’s skills and abilities across a variety of settings and activities.  It can be used when teams complete the Outcomes Summary Form.
Description: This document provides an overview of many of the resources available on the ECTA Outcomes webpage that can support local, regional or state training and technical assistance on child outcomes.
Description: This PDF document provides a print master if you wish to provide members of your staff with a visual representation of the COS 7-point scale that is portable and suitable for framing.  Print on cardstock to create a more durable resource.
Description: The ECTA website provides materials to deliver live training and technical assistance. Preparation resources, including a sample agenda, Power Point presentations, handouts, materials and activities are provided.  
Description: ECTA has provided interactive professional development materials. The materials provide a sample completed COS and provides opportunities to go through the steps of completing the COS process. 
Description: This tool is a self-assessment intended to be used by division personnel involved in the OSEP Child Outcomes Summary process. It can be used by individuals or as part of a peer review process to reflect upon the extent to which the process used by the program meets the quality expectations of the state.  
Description: This link provides guidance on how to check the completeness and accuracy of a COS form. The guidance includes checks to see whether users understand the three outcomes and the 7-point rating scale, how to document the rating, and whether the documentation supports the rating.
Description: This brochure was developed by the National Parent Technical Assistance Center at PACER in collaboration with the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and provides a family friendly overview of the Child Outcomes. 
Description: Child Outcomes Summary Team Collaboration Toolkit (COS-TC) is designed to assist states and programs in improving the COS team collaboration. Built around a checklist of quality practices, the COS-TC is a toolkit that provides a mechanism for those who implement, supervise, or train on the COS process to identify, observe, and assess recommended team collaboration practices in COS implementation. It underscores ways to actively engage families as critical members in the COS process; however,...
Description: The Discussion Prompts provide questions to guide your discussions with family members, other IEP team members, or others who can provide information on the child’s skills and abilities across a variety of settings and activities.  It can be used when teams complete the Outcomes Summary Form.
Description: This form may be used by teams to document the child’s entry and exit ratings as well as sources of information and supporting evidence for the rating.