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About the ACF Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System

The Early Childhood National Centers for Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) promote excellence through high-quality, practical resources and approaches. They are designed to build early childhood program capacity and promote consistent practices across communities, states, Tribes, and territories. These Centers bring together the knowledge and skills from Head Start, child care, and our health partners across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACF National Centers EHS-CC Partnerships Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Early Childhood Development Teaching and Learning Early Childhood Health and Wellness Early Childhood Quality Assurance Child Care Subsidy, Innovation, and Accountability Head Start Grantee Specialists Head Start Health Specialists Head Start Early Childhood Specialists Head Start System Specialists Child Care State Capacity Building Center Image Map Program Management & Fiscal Operations Tribal Early Childhood Development Child Care Afterschool and Summer Enrichment

Other Federal TA Partners

The Office of Child Care works collaboratively with many other Federal and federally funded programs to ensure that children of all ages have safe and educational experiences in all child care settings. For more resources related to creating and maintaining high-quality early care and education systems, please visit our partners’ Web sites:

Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, created through an Office of Head Start grant in October 2008, translates research in healthy mental development into materials tailored to the needs of its target audiences: mental health consultants, Head Start Program administrators, Head Start staff, and training and technical assistance providers. Its Web site provides a range of materials that address these audiences’ needs for effective ways to promote young children's social and emotional development and reduce challenging behaviors.

Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO)

CEELO aims to strengthen state education agencies’ capacity to lead sustained improvements in early learning opportunities and outcomes. Topics addressed on CEELO’s Web site include teacher evaluation and financing. The site also includes contact information for state agencies.

DaSY Center (The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems)

The DaSy Center provides technical assistance and resources to assist state agencies with the development or enhancement of data systems for Part C early intervention and Part B preschool special education programs supported through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The materials on the DaSy Center Web site are primarily designed for state IDEA staff.

  • Data De-identification: An Overview of Basic Terms reviews the terminology used to describe data de-identification, as well as related concepts and approaches. It also provides information on best practices and strategies for different types of data and statistical techniques.
  • The ABCs of Data Dictionaries is an overview of the basic components of a data dictionary. It is designed to educate and inform State staff about the benefits of having up-to-date data dictionaries for their data systems.

Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (ELC TA)

The ELC TA mission is to provide and facilitate responsive, timely, and high-quality technical assistance to support successful implementation of Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grantee state projects, and to provide cross-sector early learning resources to all States and Territories. The ELC TA Web site includes examples from RTT-ELC States that have worked to build comprehensive systems and resources focused on tiered quality rating and improvement systems (TQRISs), data, and assessment. The newsletter highlighting state examples may be particularly helpful. Note that this site has companion sites: ELC TA Central is the Communities360° hub for communities on TQRIS, developmental screening, sustainability, and comprehensive assessment.

  • ELCTA webinars are available on a range of topics, including assessment systems, data systems, management, professional development, quality rating and improvement system standards, successful state systems, sustainability, and TQRIS.
  • Scholarships for Early Childhood Educators in RTT-ELC States is a report prepared in response to an RTT-ELC request for information on scholarships for early childhood educators. In the report, 15 States describe the scholarships they award, who receives scholarships, and the funding or administration of the scholarships.
  • TQRIS Validation: Summary of Resources contains a range of current resources on validation best practices, as well as state examples.
  • Transformation Zones – an Early Learning Improvement Strategy was prepared in response to an RTT-ELC request. It is meant to inform States as they consider how to increase the quality of early learning by providing targeted resources to the communities where children and families with the highest needs live.

Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (TA Center)

The TA Center is dedicated to increasing the capacity of communities, States, Tribes, and Territories to improve, sustain, and expand systems of care and the services and supports provided within them. Its goal is to improve the lives of children, youth, and young adults with or at-risk of mental health challenges, as well as the lives of their families.

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Technical Assistance Coordinating Center (TACC)

The MIECHV TACC supports Health Resources and Services Administration grantees in implementing home visiting programs. The TACC brings extensive experience and a wealth of expertise in achieving high-quality program implementation, creating integrated service systems, and improving program outcomes.

  • The General Resources page includes Web sites, research, articles, issue briefs, reports, and other resources on issues broadly associated with home visiting and improved child and family outcomes.
  • The Program Resources page includes links to organizations, Web sites, materials, and other resources on issues related to home visiting programs. These resources address such topics as system integration, state-level structures, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement.
  • The Training page consists of a list of on-demand webinars and conference calls addressing such topics as home visiting, implementation, system integration, workforce development, grant administration, sustainability and financing, and data systems and evaluation.

National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI)

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 programs in improving education results and functional outcomes for children with disabilities

Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (ELCTA)

The ELC TA Program mission is to provide and facilitate responsive, timely, and high-quality TA to support the successful implementation of RTT-ELC grantee state projects, and provide cross-sector early learning resources to all states and territories. The Web site includes examples from RTT-ELC states about building comprehensive systems and resources focused on TQRIS, data, and assessment. The newsletter highlighting state examples may be particularly helpful. Note that this site has companion sites: ELC TA Central is the Communities360° hub for communities on TQRIS, Developmental Screening, Sustainability, and Comprehensive Assessment.

Preschool Development and Expansion Grant Technical Assistance Program

The Preschool Development and Expansion Grant Technical Assistance Program provides resources, technical assistance, and the latest news to development and expansion grantees.

Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) Technical Assistance

SLDS Technical Assistance provides resources on the successful design, development, implementation, and expansion of longitudinal data systems for kindergarten through 12th grade and early learning through the workforce.

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI)

TACSEI uses research on practices that improve social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk of, delays or disabilities to create free products and resources that help decisionmakers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)

The ECTA Center provides technical assistance to state early intervention and early childhood special education services systems (Part C and Section 619) by improving systems, practices, and outcomes.