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Early Childhood TA Center

The Early Childhood TA Center (ECTA) is funded to support state Part C and Preschool 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. The Center has four key goals: (1) 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; (2) to build the knowledge and skills of state IDEA Part C and Section 619 Coordinators to implement high-quality state systems; (3) 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; and (4) to improve the implementation of effective services and evidence-based interventions, including DEC Recommended Practices, in inclusive settings.


Funding Agency:  

U.S. Department of Education

Funding Period:  

10/03/2017 to 12/31/2022

Award Amount:  



Christina M. Kasprzak, Principal Investigator
Megan E. Vinh, Co-Principal Investigator
Katy McCullough, Associate Director
Julie M. Austen, Implementation Specialist
Cherie R. Bartell, Applications Analyst
Denise J. Bennett, Technical Assistance Specialist
Deborah A. Cate, Technical Assistance Specialist
Alyson M. Cavanaugh, Research Scientist
Laura E. Curtis, Technical Assistance Specialist
Christine Coster Harradine, Technical Assistance Specialist
Allison Gordon, Social Research Assistant
Lindsay Holland, Social Research Assistant
Allison M. Jones, Technical Assistance Specialist
Alexander M. Lazara, Applications Analyst
Anne L. Lucas, Technical Assistance Specialist
Sharon L. Lunn, Technical Assistance Specialist
Jacqueline M. Marshall, Data Systems Specialist
Thomas McGhee II, Technical Assistance Specialist
Kellen Reid, Technical Assistance Specialist
Evelyn F. Shaw, Educational Consultant
Christine D. Wagner, Technology Support Analyst
Catasha A. Williams, Technical Assistance Specialist
Sherri Britt Williams, Senior Technical Assistance Specialist

Publications and Other Resources

Published: 2021 Type: Technical Assistance Guides
Published: 2018 Type: Assessments and Instruments