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Nysapo, or Wisdom Knot,
is a symbol of the Akan people of Ghana, and represents patience, integrity, intelligence, and the capacity to choose the best means to a goal.

Early Childhood Intervention
is a statewide system of services and support provided to eligible children, age birth to five, and their families, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

includes all personnel categories providing IDEA Part C and Part B services.

Center for Equity
Equity is interpreted and applied in different ways depending on the context or locus of interest, the historical and current socio-cultural and political environment, and the experiences and individualized needs of a child, adult, family, community, state, territory, or tribal nation.

We are focused on Equity in the context of Early Childhood Intervention, and Personnel Recruitment, Preparation and Ongoing Support


is the just and fair opportunity to access and participate in effective, individually designed, and culturally, racially, ethnically, and linguistically responsive early childhood intervention, provided by a diverse and competent workforce, trained to achieve equitable, appropriate, and optimal outcomes for each eligible child and family.

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Our Purpose

To increase the number and diversity of early childhood intervention personnel who have the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to deliver equitable, scientific, and evidence-based interventions to improve outcomes for infants and young children with disabilities or delays, and their families.

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Our Work

We will engage in the technical and adaptive work of implementing and sustaining systemic and institutional change in Institutions of Higher Education, Professional Organizations, and State Early Childhood Intervention Programs under Part C and Part B Section 619 of IDEA to advance equity and diversity within the socio-cultural, political, and economic environments in the U.S.

Our Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework for the Early Childhood Intervention Personnel Center for Equity represents the contexts, systems, programs, and services in which an infant or young child with disabilities or delays and their family interact to achieve improved outcomes.

The Center will facilitate the development and implementation of equity centered programs of study at IHEs and state systems of professional development, develop partnerships with states to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and assist in the implementation of equitable components of the intervention process. The result will be all families and their children will have equitable opportunities to access and participate in culturally, racially, ethnically, and linguistically responsive early childhood intervention programs, services and supports individualized for each child and their family.

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