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ERIC Number: ED560113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
A Family Guide to Participating in the Child Outcomes Measurement Process. ALL-71
PACER Center
Parents of young children who are in early intervention (EI) or early childhood special education (ECSE) programs want to be sure these services are helping their children develop and learn. These services are designed to make the most of each child's potential as well as to strengthen the family's ability to help their child. This report asks how parents can know if their child's early intervention or special education program is meeting his or her needs. The report advises parents that one way to learn more about their young child's progress is through three "child outcomes" that are measured for every child in the United States who participates in an early intervention or early childhood special education program. These outcomes will help parents know how well their child is developing and participating in activities at home, at school, and in the community. In addition to helping parents measure their child's individual progress, these outcomes are also used to measure how well their child's early intervention or early childhood special education program is serving all children who are enrolled. This handout will help parents understand and meaningfully participate in the outcome measurement process for their child's program. The following outcomes developed by the U.S. Department of Education are used by all early intervention and early childhood special education programs to measure young children's progress. While Individual Family Service plan (IFSP) outcomes and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals are written specifically for "your" child, these three child outcomes are the same for everyone. They include: (1) gaining positive social emotional skills, including social relation ships; (2) learning and using new knowledge and skills; and (3) Using appropriate behaviors to meet their needs. These three child outcomes focus on what your child can do in his or her everyday routines and activities. By looking at how well your child is doing in each of the three areas, parents can determine what he or she needs in order to become more involved in the family's activities. The information gathered about each child will also help parents develop individual outcomes and goals for each child's Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). [This report was developed by the National Parent Technical Assistance Center at PACER Center in collaboration with The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - General
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: PACER Center; Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center
Grant or Contract Numbers: H328R080012