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Interagency Collaboration and Early Childhood Education for Young Children with Special Needs. Presentation at the National Early Childhood Conference December 9, 2008. Interagency Collaboration. Early Childhood Technical Assistance Consortium (EC TA Consortium)

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interagency collaboration and early childhood education for young children with special needs

Interagency Collaboration and Early Childhood Education for Young Children with Special Needs

Presentation at the National Early Childhood Conference

December 9, 2008

interagency collaboration
Interagency Collaboration
  • Early Childhood Technical Assistance Consortium

(EC TA Consortium)

  • Good Start, Grow Smart (GSGS)
  • Early Childhood Federal Partners Workgroup and Subcommittees
ec ta consortium
EC TA Consortium
  • Goal to coordinate the work of various early childhood technical assistance projects working with States to avoid duplication, share knowledge, and improve delivery and impact of TA.
  • The EC TA Consortium is comprised of TA projects funded through OSEP, the Office of Head Start, the Child Care Bureau, MCH, SAMHSA, ACF, as well as Foundations www.ectaconsortium.org/
good start grow smart initiative
Good Start, Grow Smart Initiative
  • Early childhood initiative introduced 2002 as a Companion to No Child Left Behind
  • Goal to improve early childhood programs to better prepare children to succeed in school
  • Collaborative Federal effort to coordinate programs that support children’s early learning
  • Workgroup membership includes representatives from branches within the Dept of Health and Human Services (Child Care Bureau, Office on Head Start, OPRE, ASPE), the Dept of Education (OSEP, OESE, IES), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)
gsgs interagency workgroup activities
GSGS Interagency Workgroup Activities
  • Exchange information on new evidence of effective approaches to fostering school readiness
  • Coordinate research agendas
  • Share technical assistance resources
  • Sponsored 2 roundtables of selected states that model collaboration in ECE
  • Sponsored professional development & research briefings to increase cross-agency understanding of programs and ongoing research efforts
  • Present jointly at professional meetings & conferences
ec federal partners workgroup
EC Federal Partners Workgroup
  • Maternal and Child Health - Dept of Health and Human Services.
  • Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS) Grants
  • Workgroup membership includes representatives from branches within the Dept of Health and Human Services (Child Care Bureau, Office on Head Start, and Asst. Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the Office of Special Education (OSEP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
ec federal partners cont
EC Federal Partners (cont.)
  • Subcommittees: Policy, TA, Finance and Outcomes. OSEP participates on these subcommittees.
  • Subcommittees are the process of developing logic models, principles and core values and goal statements.
  • Calls are monthly with a web portal to share documents
what s next
What’s Next?
  • President Elect Barack Obama
    • Education Initiatives - strong focus on early childhood and collaboration
contact information
Contact Information

Gail Houle – Associate Division Director – Early Childhood Team

202.245.7381

Gail.houle@ed.gov

Beth Caron

202.245.7293

beth.caron@ed.gov

Julia Martin Eile

202.245.7431

julia.martin.eile@ed.gov

Dawn Ellis

202.245.6417

dawn.ellis@ed.gov

Christy Kavulic

202.245.7359

christy.kavulic@ed.gov

Jennifer Tschantz

202.245.7556

jennifer.tschantz@ed.gov