Collaborators & Partners

OSEP & TA Partners

Partner agencies supporting our mission.

U.S. Department of Education logo

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) authorizes formula grants to states and discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology and personnel development and parent-training and information centers.

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The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA). The Center values our clients' expertise and for over forty years has provided TA in small groups for clients with similar needs and interests to develop and share strategies and solutions for shared issues.


The TA&D Network comprises between 20–40 OSEP centers that provide information and technical assistance to states, schools, educational professionals and families on topics such as autism, deafness, disproportional representation, dispute resolution, learning disabilities, parenting children with special needs, positive behavior support and transition. TACC also coordinates between these centers and other federally funded TA&D centers, national professional organizations and a broad spectrum of stakeholders.


WestEd’s National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) helps states transform their systems to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. NCSI provides states with technical assistance to support their school districts and local early intervention service programs in improving educational results and functional outcomes for children and youth with disabilities.

National Collaborators

Our collaborators include a network of national-level organizations working to inform practice in early childhood education, early childhood special education, and personnel preparation.

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The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs.

Higher Education Consortium for Special Education

HECSE as an organization supports its members in engaging in dialogue with national leaders in both houses of the Congress of the United States, in federal agencies that oversee research and training programs related to education and human services, and in professional organizations and advocacy groups that focus on topics and issues in special education and disability services.

National ssociation of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education

NAECS-SDE is the national organization for state education agency staff members with major responsibilities in the field of early childhood education, from infancy through the primary grades. The Association promotes high-quality services to young children and their families through improvement of instruction, curriculum, and administration of programs. Members of the Association have an opportunity to share ideas and to work together toward the solution of common problems.

National Association of State Directors of Special Education

NASDSE’s mission is to work with state education agencies to ensure that all children and youth with disabilities receive the educational supports and services they need from birth to be prepared for post-school education, career and independent living choices.

IDEA Infants and Toddlers

This site is all about making the right connections, and here, you will find the core information to assist you… Our mission is carefully structured to support the Early Intervention System for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities of the IDEA Part C.

Council of Chief State School Officers
CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

Division for Early Childhood

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families. 

Council for Exceptional Children

CEC is the recognized leader in advocacy for special education policy. CEC has a long history of success in impacting policy and legislation in the special education, gifted and talented and general education areas. CEC played a large part in developing the predecessor of today's IDEA, then known as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (PL 94-142). This law established the right to a free, appropriate public education for children with disabilities.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

National Resource Center for Paraeducators

We serve paraeducators; teachers; policymakers and administrators; other education professionals; occupational, physical and speech-language therapists; early childhood specialists; personnel developers in 2 & 4 year colleges and universities; and other stakeholders.

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The DaSy Center is a national technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). DaSy works with 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.

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The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions.

National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification

NASDTEC is the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. It is the organization that represents professional standards boards and commissions and state departments of education in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the U.S. Territories, Alberta, and Ontario that are responsible for the preparation, licensure, and discipline of educational personnel.

National Head Start Association

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. Since 1974, NHSA has worked diligently for policy changes that ensure all at-risk children have access to the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family and the community.

Collaborator’s Blogs

Our collaborators news and events resources.

U.S. Department of Education logo

On the OSEP GRADS360° site you can find highlighted SPP/APR resources here on home page, other OSEP material on the Publications and Tools page, and an events calendar with important dates to remember.

U.S. Department of Education Blog

Homeroom, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education.


WestEd National Center for Systematic Improvement blog.

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The DaSy Center upcoming events.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Blog

Check out some personal stories about early intervention and early childhood special education throughout the week on the OSERS Blog.

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IDC provides technical assistance to build capacity within states for collecting, reporting, analyzing, and using high-quality IDEA data.