Academic and Clinical Education
The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC), funded by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, is a national technical assistance center that supports States in developing, implementing and evaluating integrated and comprehensive EC systems of personnel development so that all young children with disabilities and their families receive effective early childhood intervention under the IDEA. The Center promotes the use of four cross-disciplinary competency areas as a basis for early intervention provider knowledge and skill. The competencies were developed to be used in the development of new and/or revise cross disciplinary professional development curricula; inform discipline specific curricula to ensure EI content/skills is included; and inform discipline specific early childhood curricula to incorporate cross-disciplinary practice. The competency areas were determined through an analysis and alignment of personnel standards, competencies, and guidelines from organizations representing the early childhood providers, including the APPT. The alignment informed the identification and definition of four common competency areas across the disciplines. The four areas include Family Centered Care, Intervention Informed by Evidence, Coordination and Collaboration, and Professionalism. Indicators for each area are being developed. This interactive session, using a case study methodology, will apply these competencies and indicators for decision-making.