Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center’s System Framework

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A System Framework for Building High-Quality Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Programs

Building and sustaining high-quality early intervention and preschool special education systems is a complex and ongoing process for state agencies. To support states, the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center), funded by The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), has developed a framework that addresses the question, “What does a state need to put into place in order to encourage/support/require local implementation of evidence-based practices that result in positive outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families?”

The DaSy Data System Framework was developed in coordination with the ECTA System Framework. Because DaSy was tasked with developing a framework for data systems, DaSy and ECTA agreed that the DaSy data system framework would serve as the Data Systems component in the ECTA framework. Accordingly, the DaSy framework follows the same organizational structure as the ECTA framework (i.e., component, subcomponent, quality indicator, element) to facilitate use by Part C and Part B 619 state staff. The two centers worked closely throughout the initial development of both frameworks to ensure that the DaSy framework was compatible with the other components of the ECTA system framework. Because the DaSy framework was developed on its own in addition to being a component in the ECTA system framework, it has considerably more subcomponents, quality indicators, and elements than the other five components in the ECTA system framework.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center’s System Framework

DaSy Data System Framework