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  • Research & Evidence-Based Practices - The resources provided here are supported by research and evidence. Topics include assessment, child development, curriculum & instruction, family involvement, inclusion, and transition.
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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.  The position statement can be found on the DEC website under resources: position statements. Look for "Inclusion (April 2009) to find the position statement...
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: 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...
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: 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: 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: 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 document is an appendix of the 2016 Child Outcome Summary-Team Collaboration Toolkit created by ECTA.  it provides content for the three Indicator 7 outcomes 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 document, Resources within Reason: The Evidence for Inclusion, provides resources to quickly locate and share definitions of inclusion, research findings, and examples of the evidence for inclusion.   Resources within Reason is a bi-monthly publication from the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) available at no charge. All resources are evidence-based, readily available, and free. Resources within Reason may be freely...
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: 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. 
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 a definition of each of the seven ratings and is to be used when completing the Outcomes Summary Form.
Description: This document provides instructions designed to assist teams in completing the Child Outcomes Summary form at entry and exit. 
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: 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 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: 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: The Child Outcomes Summary-Team Collaboration (COS-TC) is designed to assist states and programs inimproving the COS team collaboration. Built around a checklist of quality practices, the COS-TC is a toolkitthat 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 underscoresways to actively engage families as critical members in the COS process; however, much...
Description: There are numerous studies in early childhood that show that AT can have a positive impact in just a short amount of time, yet research and anecdotal data still show the underutilization of technology. Leverage the ever expanding category of helpful items in the category of assistive technology to help young children with disabilities be included, grow, and learn. We can do this by:• Increasing and/or expanding our understanding of what assistive technology for children ages birth to 5...
Description: The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services recently released a joint statement to set a vision for a stronger partnership between awardees of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C Program. The statement provides an overview and highlights the existing opportunities for partnerships between the two programs. This statement also provides recommendations to identify...
Description: The POWER (Parent Organizer With Educational Resources) web app provides parents and families with online resources to answer questions about child development, disabilities, community services, Special Education, diploma options in Virginia and transition to life after high school.  The questions and potential resources are separated into age levels: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School and High School. This project is a collaborative effort between the Parent Resource...
Description: The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) related to Preschool Least Restrictive Environment. The letter reaffirms the position of the U.S. Department of Education (ED or Department) that all young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs where they are provided with individualized and appropriate supports to enable them to meet high expectations. The guidance provided in the DCL covers:...
Description: Resources Within Reason is a bi-monthly, one-way listserv. Each issue focuses on a topic of interest to individuals who support young children and their families, with emphasis on children with or at risk for disabilities. All featured resources are free. Join the listserv or send an email to dec@dec-sped.org and ask to be added to the list-serv. The January 2017 issue focuses on The Evidence for Inclusion and provides definitions of inclusion, research facts and barriers to inclusion. The...
Description: This document provides the Special Education Performance Plan Data Profile Self-Assessment Questions for Indicators 5 & 6: Placement in the Least Restrictive Environment, School-age and Preschool.
Description: The word document "619 Placement Data Division Analysis" provides step-by-step directions on how to analyze Early Childood data related to Child Count and Educational Placement. The excel document "Early Childhood Child Count Indicator 6 Excel Template" is a template divisions can use to gather Early Childhood related to Child Count and Educational Placement.  * These documents were shared at the November 14, 2016 LEADS event in the breakout session "Getting to Know Your Division-Level...