The Leadership & Collaboration component of The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) is a unique program that embodies the true essence of integrated teamwork for leaders in Early Childhood (EC) education. Our program is designed to offers three main components: (1) Integrated Graduate Student participation, (2) Leadership Communities of Practice for select Part C and B(619) Coordinators, and (3) Leadership Institutes.
The ECPC communicates and collaborates, on an ongoing basis, with OSEP-funded projects, as well as other U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-funded early childhood-focused centers, as appropriate. This collaboration includes the joint development of products, the coordination of TA services, the planning and execution of TA meetings and events, and participation in local, state, regional or national initiatives in EC development by our management team. This collaboration is largely influenced by the integrated skills and knowledge obtained from the participating graduate students and Part C/619 Coordinators.
Graduate students are integrated in Center activities through webinars, project meetings (national and regional) and preparation of materials. These students serve a critical part in providing leadership consulting and/or management to the over 20 states that have participated at some level in this program. These students participate in ongoing learning opportunities to enhance their ability to provide leadership to the field of personnel preparation at the completion of their academic program.
Learn more about the opportunities we have available by visiting our Graduate Training Opportunity webpage of the UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities website.
Part C and Part B(619) Coordinators
Each interested state must apply and be accepted into this program. Once accepted, the state will be initiated at a three-day Leadership Institute hosted by the Center and led by our ECPC faculty and staff. These institutes will focus on integrating infants and young children under IDEA into EC activities in Early Learning Challenge states. Follow-up to the Institute will include ongoing coaching using technology and the provision of training materials to scale up involvement of the Coordinators in state policy and program development of their home state.
Our three-day ECPC Leadership Institutes focuses on developing strategies and action plans to enable IDEA early childhood leaders to integrate their planning with state early childhood programs and partners. We offer smaller Institutes after the formation of each cohort, and then cross-cohort Institutes annually. More detailed information on the materials used in our Institutes can be found by visiting our Leadership Institutes page.
To date, ECPC has recruited and trained 20 states across three cohorts. These cohort include:
Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Rhode Island, & South Carolina
Alaska, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia & Washington DC
Hawaii, Michigan, New York, Ohio, & Puerto Rico
Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, Vermont, & Washington