Katy McCullough, MA, is a Co-Principal Investigator (PI) and an Associate Director with the Early Childhood TA (ECTA) Center within the Trohanis Technical Assistance (TA) Projects at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. At ECTA, Katy leads the Web and Information Unit, providing oversight and direction to the center’s product development and Web presence. Katy also serves as PI on the FPG subcontract with WestEd for the Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR) and is Co-PI on the FPG subcontract with SRI International for the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy).
Katy provides advanced technical assistance to IDEA Early Intervention/Part C and Early Childhood Special Education/Part B, Section 619 programs in states, supporting compliance, results, and effective system change and positive outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. She specializes in finance, equity, diversity, and inclusion and led the development and recent revision of the Finance Component of the ECTA System Framework for Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education designed to guide state EI/ECSE leaders in evaluating their current systems, identifying potential areas for improvement, and developing more equitable systems that support implementation of effective practices.
In March 2019, A State System Framework for High-Quality Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education was published in Topics In Early Childhood Special Education. Katy contributed to development of the Indicators of High-Quality Inclusion and has been an active member of the advisory board to the International Early Childhood Inclusion Institute since 2011. Katy also led the development of Effective TA Practices and co-developed indicators of those practices. Previous projects include the Statewide Early Childhood Birth-Five Needs Assessment for North Carolina as part of the Preschool Development Grant Birth-Five, the Early Childhood Recommended Practices (RP) Modules, the IDEA National Regional Resource Center Program (Mid-South), and SpecialQuest Birth-Five.