The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) was established in January 2013. Funded by the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, our Center serves as a national, multi-functional resource to address the challenges faced in the Early Childhood (EC) workforce. These include but are not limited to:
- Discrepancies with state adherence to national competencies and standards;
- Shortages of personnel;
- A lack of training at both the pre-service and in-service levels; and
- Inequities of preparation and compensation among those providing services.
The ECPC was designed to provide knowledge generation, Technical Assistance (TA) & dissemination, and leadership & coordination for states in addressing these concerns and challenges facing the EC workforce. Specifically, we operate using evidence-based practices that assist in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) systems for children ages birth to five years old who qualify for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
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 so that all families of children with disabilities receive effective early childhood intervention.