ECPC/DEC Early Childhood Intervention Leadership Initiative – Cohort 4

The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) in partnership with the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) invites you to be part of the 2021/2022 Early Childhood Intervention Leadership Cohort. The goal of the Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is to provide technical assistance and training to leaders to support a statewide Comprehensive Systems of Personnel Development (CSPD). Leaders from institutes of higher education, professional development providers and families are invited to apply. Participants will be expected to participate in one or more of the activities listed under the designation.

Expectations to participate:

Institute of Higher Education Faculty: Revise your program of study to include best practice in instructional design.

  • Align your program of study to include the EI/ECSE standards.
  • Partner with a family member to participate in development and administration of courses.

Family Leader: Participate in personnel preparation within your state.

  • Link to the parent center within your state.
  • Guest Lecturer/Co-Teach in college or university course in early intervention and/or early childhood special education.
  • Participate as a trainer in ongoing professional development in Part C and/or Part C/619 trainings.
  • Work with state team to build a Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD).

Professional Development Providers: Align your PD plan and trainings to EI/ECSE standards.

  • Revise the state PD system to include the EI/ECSE standards.
  • Hire a family team member to assist with developing and administering professional development throughout the state.
  • Work with the CSPD coordinator within the state.
  • Work with higher education programs and faculty to align PD to higher education curriculum.
  • Work with state leaders in Part C & Part B/619 to build a Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD).


  • Participate virtually in the ECPC/DEC Early Childhood Intervention Leadership Institute – Cohort 4, on Monday, September 27, 2021.
  • Attend The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) 37th Annual Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families, ( (registration costs will be covered)
  • Attend a face-to-face meeting in Connecticut (travel costs will be covered) date to be determined in spring 2022.
  • One year commitment to develop an action plan with timelines to complete one of the objectives listed above.
  • Participation in monthly Professional Learning Community.


  • DEC Conference Registration for the 37th Annual Conference is available if no other funding support is available.
  • Travel support to attend a face-to-face meeting spring 2022 in Connecticut.

Next step? Apply here! (

Deadline for applications is August 31, 2021.