ERIC Number: ED358655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Current Trends in the Use of Paraprofessionals in Early Intervention and Preschool Services. NEC*TAS Synthesis Report.
This paper synthesizes current thinking, issues, and practices related to the use of paraprofessionals in the provision of early intervention and preschool services to children with disabilities, birth through 5 years of age, and their families. Information was gathered from 31 state and jurisdiction coordinators of preschool services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and coordinators of IDEA Part H. Findings revealed that 18 states had a policy for assuring quality personnel for either early intervention or preschool services that includes the use of paraprofessionals; that 5 more states indicated that a policy was in the planning stage; and that 8 states indicated that no policy exists. Ten states reported that they had established a new occupational category; of these, eight were at the paraprofessional level. Fourteen states had developed or were developing personnel standards for paraprofessionals, and 10 states had developed or were developing a credentialing process. Case examples of two states are presented: Illinois, where the Department of Education is the lead agency for both Part B and Part H programs; and Utah, where the State Board of Education is the lead agency for Part B and the Department of Health is the lead agency for Part H programs. Names and addresses of state resources for information on paraprofessional personnel policies and practices are listed. Appendixes contain a copy of the data collection instrument and a chart reporting each state's response. (JDD)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Early Intervention, Educational Legislation, Educational Trends, Federal Legislation, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Personnel Needs, Personnel Policy, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Staff Development, Staff Role, Staff Utilization, State Programs, State Standards, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act