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Our Mission

Our mission is to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of integrated and comprehensive systems of personnel development (CSPD) for the early childhood workforce serving infants and young children with disabilities eligible for Part C and Part B(619) programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Database of State Personnel Standards by State

Click the map to view our national database of personnel standards for all professional disciplines serving children with disabilities from birth to five years and their families.

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Knowledge Generation

ECPC disseminates new evidence based knowledge on topics and emerging issues in early childhood education and intervention through the development of literature syntheses, data analyses, and personnel standards alignments.

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This work has generated 80+ regional & national presentations and the production of 4+ literature syntheses & data reports.

Technical Assistance

The ECPC provides intensive Technical Assistance using evidence-based practices to support States in developing and implementing an early childhood Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD).

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ECPC has assisted 4 states in implementing their CSPDs and is currently providing intensive TA to 8 more.

Leadership Collaboration

The ECPC provides leadership training that integrates personnel, programs, and policies of Part C and B(619) programs into State early childhood initiatives. We offer Integrated Graduate Student participation, Leadership Communities of Practice, and Leadership Institutes.

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ECPC is currently providing leadership training to 13 states as of 2017 and has reached 25 states total since 2013.

ECPC is presenting at the 2017 OSEP Leadership Conference!

OSEP Leadership Conference

On July 17-19, 2017, ECPC Director Dr. Mary Beth Bruder will be traveling to Washington D.C. to present at the 2017 U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Program’s (OSEP) Leadership Conference. This conference enhances leadership roles through opportunities to hear from experts in the field and to learn about evidence-based practices that will support participants’ ability to improve results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities and their families.
The ECPC will be presenting on the following topics:

  • Early Childhood Personnel Systems: The CSPD Process
  • Building Early Childhood Leadership Capacity

More information on the conference can be found by visiting the 2017 Leadership Conference | OSEP Ideas That Work website.

ECPC is all in with #DECTAKESPORTLAND2017!


The ECPC is traveling to present at the Division for Early Childhood's 33rd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families in Portland, Oregon October 4-6, 2017!

This year's conference theme, Mountains of Opportunities: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the New Millennium, features foremost authorities in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related disciplines. Bringing together a passionate group of dedicated individuals who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with special needs and their families, the conference will gather from all over the world to unite with other participants and attendees who are intimately invested in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related disciplines.

The ECPC will be presenting on the following topics:

  • Systems Thinking: Developing a CSPD for All
  • Finding a Common Lens: The Alignment of Personnel Competencies Across Professional Disciplines
  • Case Examples: Utilization of the DEC, CEC, NAEYC Personnel Standards Alignment

Upcoming ECPC Cross-Cohort Institute – September 2017

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The ECPC is excited to announce that our 3rd annual Cross-Cohort Institute, occurring from September 17 – 20, 2017 at the Avon Old Farms Hotel, will feature both our Leadership & Intensive TA States!

This Institute, open to only the 31 current or previous States who have received TA from ECPC, will focus on sustainability of leadership competence and the integration of early childhood programs that serve all children. States will have the opportunity to learn new knowledge and skills and share what they have learned with their colleagues from across the country.

You can find information on our previous Leadership Institutes here: http://ecpcta.org/leadership/ or by contacting Jessica McKenty, ECPC Coordinator, at jmckenty@uchc.edu.

ECPC is hosting the AUCD 2017 Pre-Conference Early Childhood Summit!

AUCD Lift Up Your Voice 2017

On November 4th, ECPC Director Dr. Mary Beth Bruder & staff will be traveling to Washington D.C. to host the pre-conference session of Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) 2017 Annual Conference. This summit will feature national speakers who will highlight research, policy, and practice to support the competence of the growing workforce who serve infants and young children with disabilities in inclusive, high quality early childhood environments.

More information on details & registration TBA.

Questions? Contact Dr. Mary Beth Bruder, ECPC Director, at bruder@uchc.edu or 860-679-1500.


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