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The following groups are comprised of organizations and individuals that make up TACSEI's valuable partner network. Please note that most of the links on this page will open in a new browser window and take you to a website outside of TACSEI.

TACSEI Key Collaborators

  • CSEFEL LogoCenter on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
    The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning is funded by Head Start and the Child Care Bureau in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This national center is focused on strengthening the capacity of child care and Head Start programs to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children. For your convenience, the many CSEFEL resources referenced throughout the TACSEI website are marked with the CSEFEL sun.
  • ECO LogoThe Early Childhood Outcomes Center (ECO)
    Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in October 2003, the Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center is a collaborative partnership that seeks to promote the development and implementation of child and family outcome measures for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities to be used in local, state, and national accountability systems.
  • PBIS LogoTechnical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
    The OSEP-funded National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports was established to address the behavioral and discipline systems needed for successful learning and social development of students. The Center provides capacity-building information and technical support about behavioral systems to assist states and districts in the design of effective schools.
  • NTACCMH LogoNational Technical Assistance Center for Child Mental Health
    The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health is dedicated to helping states, tribes, territories, and communities discover, apply, and sustain innovative and collaborative solutions that improve the social, emotional, and behavioral well being of children and families.

TACSEI Primary Partners

TACSEI collaborates with eight national membership associations to extend the impact of its work on young children’s social/emotional development and challenging behavior by ensuring the efficacy and social validity of its work, increasing the likelihood of implementation of evidence-based practices at the local level, and promoting systems change nation-wide. This printer-friendly fact sheet further details the relationship of the TACSEI Primary and Associate Partners.

The TACSEI Primary Partners are:

  • DEC LogoDivision for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC)
    The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is one of seventeen divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families.
  • IDEA 619 LogoIDEA 619 Consortium
    The 619 Consortia is a national group comprised of the early childhood special education coordinator in each state and territory with responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 619. The consortia was established to collectively promote collaboration and communication amongst state 619 leaders and other early childhood partners. The goal is to ensure that eligible children, ages 3 through 5 with disabilities, are provided a high-quality educational opportunity with non-disabled peers that result in positive outcomes for each individual child.
  • ITCA LogoIDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA)
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association is established to promote mutual assistance, cooperation, and exchange of information and ideas in the administration of Part C and to provide support to state and territory Part C coordinators.
  • NAEYC LogoNational Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
    The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.  NAEYC has nearly 100,000 members and a national network of more than 350 local, state, and regional Affiliates.
  • NASDSE LogoNational Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
    The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) is the not-for-profit organization representing the state directors of special education in the states, the federal territories, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense and the Bureau of Indian Education and the Freely Associated States. NASDSE operates for the purpose of providing services to state agencies to facilitate their efforts to maximize educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
  • NASMHPD LogoNational Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
    National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) represents the public mental health service delivery system serving 6.1 million people annually in all 50 states, 4 territories, and the District of Columbia. NASMHPD operates under a cooperative agreement with the National Governors Association and is the only national association to represent state mental health commissioners/directors and their agencies.
  • NHSA LogoNational Head Start Association (NHSA)
    The National Head Start Association is a private not-for-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and the families. It represents more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 2,600 Head Start programs in the United States. The Association provides support for the entire Head Start community by advocating for policies that strengthen services to Head Start children and their families; by providing extensive training and professional development to Head Start staff; and by developing and disseminating research, information, and resources that enrich Head Start program delivery.
  • PACER LogoParent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)

    The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. PACER has over 30 projects and is the national center for the Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, providing assistance to the over 100 Parent Centers across the country.

Erin Kinavey and Maria Synodi

Erin Kinavey (ITCA) and Maria Synodi (IDEA 619 Consurtium) at NTI 2011

TACSEI Associate Partners

TACSEI also collaborates with Associate Partners that represent national specific voices important to the Center’s responsiveness and impact. These associations represent important national, respected groups, albeit, not necessarily early childhood organizations. TACSEI provides materials to the associations that they can tailor to their members’ needs and use in their print products and on their web sites. This printer-friendly fact sheet further details the relationship of the TACSEI Primary and Associate Partners.

The TACSEI Associate Partners are:

TACSEI Advisory Group

Barbara Buswell
PEAK Parent Center

Linda M. Espinosa
Professor of Early Childhood Education
University of Missouri-Columbia

Kim Galant
Regional Facilitator
Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS)-FSU Region

Andrew Gomm
Program Manager, State Part C Coordinator
Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program
New Mexico Department of Health/Developmental Disabilities Supports Division

Erin Kinavey
Part C Coordinator
State of Alaska/Department of Health and Social Services

Mary Peters
State Section 619 Coordinator
State of Wisconsin
Department of Public Instruction

Phoebe Rinkel
Technical Assistance Coordinator
Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS)
University of Kansas, Life Span Institute

Paula Seanez
Assistant Director
Navajo Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Services (OSERS)

Justine Strickland
Assistant Commissioner for Child Care Policy
Bright From the Start: Georgia
Department of Early Care and Learning

Jan Thelan
Early Childhood Special Education
B-5 Coordinator
Nebraska Department of Education

Susan Zeiders
Early Intervention Technical Assistance
Educational Consultant

Maria Synodi
619 Coordinator
State of Connecticut Department of Education

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