aRPy Ambassadors Welcomes New Cohort of Experts From Across the Country
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has selected its 2020 cohort of 'aRPy ambassadors' from across the country to help implement official recommended practices for the care and education of young children with disabilities.
Through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, the ECTA Center developed a suite of free resources and videos—starring the animated spokesperson 'aRPy' for whom the project is named—to help practitioners and families apply these recommended practices to developmental interventions in everyday routines and settings involving children and families.
The aRPy ambassador initiative represents a unique partnership between the ECTA Center, the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Region B Parent Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Parent to Parent of Georgia. The partners contributed to the processes of selecting, preparing, and supporting these 22 professionals from across the country who act as aRPy ambassadors.
The ambassadors form an international cohort with knowledge of evidence-based practices, professional development and training, and their state's early childhood services and practitioner networks. Not only will ambassadors collaborate with one another to develop and share strategies and resources, but each will develop and implement goals aimed at improving outcomes for young children and their families.
2016's inaugural group of ambassadors were instrumental in helping to design, document, and make recommendations for supporting this new group of ambassadors to disseminate materials nationally. The group will meet in person with ECTA in April 2020 to receive training and support, including a toolkit to use in their activities.
The 2020 cohort of aRPy Ambassadors are:
Ambassadors representing Parent Training Information Centers
Federation for Children with Special Needs, Boston, MA
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Niantic, CT
The Parents Place of Maryland, Glen Bernie, MD
Family Connection of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center, Jackson, MS
WV Parent Training and Information, Inc., Buckhannon, WW
SD Parent Connection, Sioux Falls, SD
Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center, Davidson, NC
SPAN Parent Advocacy Network, Newark, NJ
Pennsylvania State Parent and Training and Information Center (PEAL Center), Pittsburgh, PA
Parent Information Center of Delaware, Wilmington, DE
Pathfinder Services of ND, Minot, ND
Ambassadors representing State Agencies, Professional Development, Technical Assistance, and Institutions of Higher Education
Arizona Early Intervention Program, Phoenix, AZ
Ventura County Office of Education, Early Childhood Programs, Camarillo, CA
Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development, Moscow, ID
Lorain City Schools
University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Arkansas School for the Deaf, Little Rock, AR
Lori Ann Malina-Lovell
Department of Health and Humans Services, IDEA Part C office, Carson City, NV
Virginia Commonwealth University/Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Beach, VA
Margarita Cañadas Perez
Catholic University of Valencia, Valencia, SPAIN