Federal Technical Assistance for Early Learning

Federally Funded Early Childhood Technical Assistance Projects
Technical assistance resources from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Selected Technical Assistance Resources

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO)
Promotes the development and implementation of child and family outcome measures for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities.

The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge (CONNECT)
Is working with the early childhood community to create a series of web-based professional development resources that focus on and respond to challenges faced each day by those working with young children with disabilities and their families.

Early Childhood Outcomes Center (ECO)
Promotes the development and implementation of child and family outcome measures for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA)
Is designed for those involved in the education of early childhood English language learners (young ELLs), including parents, educators, and policy makers. It is intended to enrich the knowledge base and educators understanding of the changing demographics of the young ELL population, issues relating to parents and families of young ELLs, and policy issues.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
Is a central source of information on infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities; the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; and research-based information on effective educational practices for individuals with disabilities. http://www.nichcy.org/

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
Supports the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The Center for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy Center)
Provides national leadership and technical assistance (TA) to states to support IDEA early intervention and early childhood special education state programs in the development or enhancement of coordinated early childhood longitudinal data systems.

National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI)
Works with States to create a system of professional development for early childhood personnel to support the inclusion of young children with disabilities in settings with their typical peers.

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI)
Takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day.

Longitudinal Studies

The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS) program
Includes three longitudinal studies that examine child development, school readiness, and early school experiences.

The National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (NEILS)
Is a national study of infants, toddlers, and their families receiving early intervention services under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES)
Provides descriptive data on the educational activities of the U.S. population and offers researchers, educators, and policymakers a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States.

Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study—PEELS
Is a study following over 3,000 children with disabilities as they progress through preschool and into their early elementary years.

Research Studies

National Center for Education Research (NCER)
Supports rigorous, scientifically based research that is intended to improve student outcomes and the quality of education in the U.S. through its research initiatives and the national research and development centers.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Is the primary federal provider of statistics on the condition of education at preschool, elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and adult levels, including education data from other nations.

National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER)
Sponsors a comprehensive program of special education research designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities.

What Works Clearinghouse: Early Childhood Education
Includes reviewed curricula and practices designed for preschool or center-based child care with 3- to 5-year-old children.

Evaluation Studies

National Center for Education Evaluation & Regional Assistance (NCEE)
Conducts rigorous evaluations of the impact of federal programs, synthesizing and disseminating information from evaluation & research, and providing technical assistance to improve student achievement.

The Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (OPEPD)
Oversees planning, evaluation, policy development, and budget activities in the U.S. Department of Education (ED). OPEPD coordinates these activities with ED principal offices and outside

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