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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 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

ECPC is hosting a Leadership Institute for Service Coordinators!

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The ECPC is excited to welcome the opportunity to host a Leadership Development Institute on early childhood systems for Service Coordinators November 14-16, 2017!

Located at the Avon Old Farms Hotel in Avon, CT, this Service Coordination Leadership Institute will focus on developing strategies with members of the National Service Coordinator Training Workgroup to prepare, empower and support service coordinators as they carry out service coordination responsibilities outlined in Part C of IDEA.

Interested personnel can contact Sarah Nicols at snichols@illinoistraining.org or Jessica McKenty 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 2nd Annual Pre-Conference Summit on Early Childhood at the 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.

There is no additional registration fee for this event, and lunch is provided. We are inviting each UCEDD and each LEND program to send one representative to the Summit. We also encourage each UCEDD and/or LEND to invite one State partner.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Mary Beth Bruder, ECPC Director: bruder@uchc.edu

Strength in Community – ECPC joins the 2017 Annual APPTAC Conference

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The ECPC is traveling to Cincinnati, OH November 17-19th to join APPTAC’s Annual Conference, presenting two sessions on our recent cross-disciplinary personnel competencies alignment work.

APTA's Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference (APPTAC) features the more than 50 educational tracks in 8 pediatric specialty areas focused on pediatric physical therapy. In addition to fabulous programming, APPTAC features an Exhibit Hall, a Practice Fair, Poster Presentations, exercise initiatives, leadership events, and social events. APPTAC is a great chance to network with colleagues across the country and around the world and may be a helpful part of PCS prep.

ECPC will be presenting:
1) 11/18, 9-10:30AM - POSTER: Core Cross Disciplinary Early Childhood Competencies
2) 11/18, 1-2:15PM - PRESENTATION: Core Cross Disciplinary Early Childhood Competencies

See you in Cincinnati!

The Treasures of TED’s 40th Annual Conference

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The ECPC is traveling to Savannah, Georgia November 7-10, 2017 to present at TED’s Ruby Anniversary 40th Conference!

The Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children has hosted an annual national conference every year since 1979. The TED Conference is always an excellent venue for sharing and gaining knowledge related to the field of special education teacher preparation, networking with colleagues, and becoming more involved with the organization.

ECPC will be presenting:

  1. 11/8 - SESSION: TED Early Childhood Faculty SIG and DEC’s Recommendations: Integrating Standards in Curricula and Certification
  2. 11/9 - SESSION: TED Early Childhood Faculty SIG and DEC: Case Examples Applying Standards Alignments and Crosswalks
  3. SESSION: EC Faculty SIG: Syllabi Share

See you in Georgia!


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The ECPC Leadership Institute focuses on helping Part C and B(619) coordinators to integrate their programs, policies and personnel into state early childhood initiatives.

  • Dates: December 3—6, 2017 (arrival on the evening of December 3rd)
  • Location: Avon Old Farms Hotel - 279 Avon Mountain Rd, Avon, CT
  • Faculty: Dr. Mary Beth Bruder, Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan, Maureen Greer, & Darla Gundler

Join the 25 states that have already participated! ECPC is providing funding for your Part C & Part B(619) coordinators and one EC partner.

The application and additional information can be found here: www.ecpcta.org/application-form or contact Jessica McKenty at jmckenty@uchc.edu / 860-679-1513.


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