Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center) funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) builds upon the foundation of several recent OSEP-funded TA centers to improve service systems and assist states in scaling up and sustaining effective services and research-based interventions for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities and their families. Building on the success and expertise of NECTAC, TACSEI, CELL, and ECO, the ECTA Centerʼs work scope includes:

  • Working with partner states to develop a service system framework for high-quality, effective, and efficient early childhood and early intervention service systems. The components and quality indicators within the service system framework will be defined to support the implementation of effective practices at the local level.
  • Producing guidance materials for state and local programs that identify the essential features and implementation processes critical to implementing, scaling up, and sustaining effective services and interventions.
  • Partnering with the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children, to revise the research-based, field-validated DEC Recommended Practices, and producing products to promote the use of the DEC Recommended Practices.
  • Providing three levels of assistance to states and local programs: general/informational technical assistance; specific targeted assistance; and intensive assistance over time to:
    • Strengthen State Part C and Section 619 service systems,
    • Increase the implementation of effective practices,
    • Improve Part C and Section 619 monitoring and accountability,
    • Increase collaboration across early childhood systems,
    • Enhance Child and Family Outcome measurement, and, ultimately
    • Improve results for children and families participating in Part C and Section 619 programs.
FPG Project Staff:
Christina M. Kasprzak, Principal Investigator
Betsy C. Ayankoya, Associate Director
Joan C. Danaher, Associate Director
Megan E. Vinh, Associate Director
Siobhan E. Colgan, Investigator
Deborah A. Cate, Technical Assistance Specialist
Joicey L. Hurth, Technical Assistance Specialist
Anne L. Lucas, Technical Assistance Specialist
Katy McCullough, Technical Assistance Specialist
Mary Louise Peters, Technical Assistance Specialist
Sharon S. Ringwalt, Technical Assistance Specialist
Evelyn F. Shaw, Technical Assistance Specialist
Kathy T. Whaley, Technical Assistance Specialist
Susan E. Goode, Research Specialist
Cherie Hipps, Applications Analyst
Alexander M. Lazara, Applications Analyst
Elizabeth Anne Jones, Data Analyst
Jacqueline M. Marshall, Data Systems Specialist
Laura E. Curtis, Project Coordinator
Matthew D. Coy, Social Research Assistant
Peggy Hensley, Technical Support for TA
Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education
Funding Period: 11/01/2012 - 10/31/2017
Award Amount: $22,599,846
For more information, please contact: ectacenter@unc.edu