Kathy T. Whaley

Kathy T. Whaley
Kathy T. Whaley
Technical Assistance Specialist
Sheryl-Mar North, Room 279
Campus Box 8040
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040

Kathy Thompson Whaley has worked for the FPG Child Development Institute since 1994 as a Technical Assistance Specialist in OSEP funded projects (ECTA Center, DaSy, NECTAC and NECTAS). She works directly with state Part C and Section 619 Coordinators and other personnel responsible for the design and implementation of service systems in the states. Her responsibilities have included participation in work teams addressing implementation science, DEC Recommended Practices, Early Childhood Data Use, the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) and early childhood collaboration with states participating in the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grants program. At the ECTA and DaSy Centers, she is the topic chair for the personnel development issue team and is a key issue specialist for early childhood transition. She is the Inclusion Team Co-chair and is leading a variety of TA efforts to support early childhood inclusion such as the IDEA Early Childhood Inclusion Community of Practice and the Inclusion Co-hort Intensive TA initiative.

Ms. Whaley has collaborated extensively with other US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services funded projects such the former Network of Regional Resource Centers, Specialty Centers and Research and Training Centers designed to support the implementation of the IDEA and promote high quality early care and education systems. She co-coordinated the Expanding Opportunities Interagency Inclusion Initiative from 2005-2012, in partnership with a federal interagency team to provide extensive support to state-level interagency teams implementing strategic plans designed to improve inclusive practices. She has also led an initiative to support state funded TA systems, centers and projects through the moderation of a listserv, national networking meetings, webinar series, and a community of practice devoted to their support.

Areas of Expertise:
Early Care and Education Programs
Early Intervention Programs and Services
Professional Development
Special Education
Systems Change
Early Childhood Transition
• MS, Child Development and Family Relations, East Carolina University