The ECTA Center supports state Part C and Section 619 programs in developing high-quality early intervention and preschool special education service systems, increasing local implementation of evidence-based practices, and enhancing outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families.
Who we are
We are a national technical assistance center focused on building state and local system capacity to improve outcomes for children with disabilities and their families. ECTA Center is funded by a cooperative agreement with the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
We are a consortium of national experts from across multiple organizations: FPG, SRI International, University of Denver, University of South Florida, Parent to Parent of Georgia, PACER Center, Walsh-Taylor Inc, and Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.
What are our goals
Increase National Awareness – to increase awareness and recognition at the national level of how IDEA Part C and Section 619 can be intentionally included within broader early childhood initiatives
Build State Leadership Capability – to build the knowledge and skills of state IDEA Part C and Section 619 Coordinators to implement high quality state systems
Increase Program Capacity – to increase capacity of Part C and Section 619 programs to implement systems change efforts, improve and sustain state systems, and increase access to, and participation in, high-quality, inclusive programs for young children with disabilities
Improve Practices – to improve the implementation of effective services and evidence-based interventions, including DEC Recommended Practices, in inclusive settings
What we do
We provide technical assistance to state Part C and Section 619 programs, including:
coaching systems change efforts
developing critical new resources for the field
facilitating peer learning communities
hosting conferences on important national issues
responding to individual state requests for assistance
We offer a variety of technical assistance activities and support including conferences, peer learning communities, products, and individualized TA.