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Early Childhood


We know that intervening early with family-centered, evidence-based practices can change a child’s life. Research shows that school readiness begins at birth to build a strong foundation for kindergarten and beyond.

For the Early Childhood Imperative — in partnership with national experts and organizations — we provide an implementation framework of technical assistance, self-assessment, and support that mirrors current special education accountability and compliance under state and federal law.

Through this framework, our goal as educational leaders is to implement a seamless and comprehensive statewide system of coordinated services for children with disabilities – from birth to kindergarten – and their families in homes, communities, and early childhood settings to narrow the school readiness gap.

Please explore the latest Early Childhood webinars, resources, and articles below.




Child Outcomes Gateway

The COS Gateway is a one-stop online resource that provides birth to kindergarten professionals with background, rationale, training, and supports to implement the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) rating process with fidelity across jurisdictions and programs.


Making Access Happen

Making Access Happen is an online collection of supports, learning modules, and resources designed to provide a personalized, interactive learning experience for practitioners, providers, and families in support of evidence-based practices in early childhood settings.


I Have Questions About My Child’s Development. What Do I Do Next?
I Have Questions About My Child’s Development.…


Below you will find Early Childhood resources organized around the division’s five key strategies. Posts are continually created and updated in partnership with national experts on special education law, implementation, and practice. You can scroll

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   Strategic Collaboration | VIEW ALL

   Family Partnerships | VIEW ALL

I Have Questions About My Child’s Development. What Do I Do Next?
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   Evidence-Based Practices | VIEW ALL

   Data-Informed Decisions | VIEW ALL

    Professional Learning | VIEW ALL