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ERIC Number: ED529734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Workforce Preparation to Serve Children Who Receive Part C Services. inForum
Sopko, Kimberly Moherek
Project Forum
This document focuses on state requirements for the various professional roles for Part C services and collaborative efforts to ensure high quality personnel are available to provide Part C services. States have established requirements to ensure a high quality workforce for children and families receiving Part C services. These requirements vary by state, but all are striving to hire high quality professionals. Several state websites that identify personnel standards and requirements are included in the Appendix. Most states are experiencing personnel shortages, particularly speech-language pathologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists. The most significant challenge contributing to these shortages is the ongoing competition with school districts, the private sector and hospitals not only for personnel, but also competitive compensation for their services. States also report difficulty in maintaining a qualified supply of personnel to provide Part C services in rural areas. Many states indicate a need for more funding for Part C so they can adequately recruit, train and retain personnel; provide competitive compensation packages; and alleviate shortages so that all eligible children can receive services. States have developed collaborative partnerships with institutions of higher education and other agencies and have developed a variety of creative strategies to address recruitment and retention, training and credentialing, funding and billing issues. States are also establishing Centers of Excellence and Innovative Training Centers to further build and support their Part C workforce. Establishing and maintaining a highly qualified workforce for Part C services is an ongoing issue in many states; however, states continue to make great strides in ensuring young children with disabilities and their families receive the services they need so that young children can enter school ready to learn. (Contains 2 tables and 6 footnotes.)
Project Forum. Available from: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 1800 Diagonal Road Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Project Forum
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C