The U.S. Department of Education announced a new priority for applications for the Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities-Early Childhood Personnel Center. This program focuses on two priorities. The first is to help address State-identified needs for highly qualified personnel in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education to work with infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities. The second priority is to ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.
The new priority for this award application is meant to fund a cooperative agreement to support the establishment and operation of an Early Childhood Personnel Center (Center) which will serve as a national resource on personnel standards, competencies, and recommended practices for professional development for personnel providing services to infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities and their families. This Center will assist States in aligning their personnel standards to national professional organization standards for all personnel providing services to these populations and to combine those standards with standards for early childhood personnel of all children, linking those standards to State competencies and certification or licensure requirements. The Center will also assist State agencies and IHEs in developing partnerships with each other to support training and a streamlined vision as outlined in RTT-ELC, for all pre-service, in-service personnel providing services to infants, toddlers and preschool children with disabilities and their families. Finally the Center will assist States in developing integrated early childhood professional development systems to ensure that IDEA Part C and Part B preschool programs and personnel in each State are included within the State's professional development initiatives and that all early childhood personnel have the competencies to effectively serve infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities and their families.
To be considered for funding under this absolute priority, applicants must meet the application requirements contained in this priority. Any project funded under this absolute priority also must meet the programmatic and administrative requirements specified in the priority. To apply please Address to Request Application Package: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304. Telephone, toll free: 1-877-433-7827 FREE 1-877-433-7827 . Fax: (703) 605-6794. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call, toll free: 1-877-576-7734 FREE 1-877-576-7734 .