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.
- Center 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 .
- The 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.
- Technical 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.
- National 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 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:
- Division 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 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.
- IDEA 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.
- National 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.
- National 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.
- National 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.
- National 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.
- Parent 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 (ITCA) and Maria Synodi (IDEA 619 Consurtium) at NTI 2011
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:
- American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
- American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
- American Institutes for Research (AIR)
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
- Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
- Council of Administrators of Special Education
- Docs for Tots
- Education Commission of States (ECS)
- Federal Resource Centers (FRC)
- Mid-South Regional Resource Center (MSRRC)
- Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (MPRRC)
- National Association of EC Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS-SDE)
- National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
- National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
- National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
- National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
- National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
- National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)
- National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL)
- National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL)
- National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
- National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
- National Governors’ Association Center for Best Practices (NGA)
- North Central Regional Resource Center (NCRRC)
- Northeast Regional Resource Center (NERRC)
- Parents Anonymous Inc.
- Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP)
- Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC)
- The Arc of the United States
- Western Regional Resource Center (WRRC)
- Zero to Three
PEAK Parent Center
Linda M. Espinosa
Professor of Early Childhood Education
University of Missouri-Columbia
Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS)-FSU Region
Program Manager, State Part C Coordinator
Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program
New Mexico Department of Health/Developmental Disabilities Supports Division
Part C Coordinator
State of Alaska/Department of Health and Social Services
State Section 619 Coordinator
State of Wisconsin
Department of Public Instruction
Technical Assistance Coordinator
Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS)
University of Kansas, Life Span Institute
Navajo Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Services (OSERS)
Assistant Commissioner for Child Care Policy
Bright From the Start: Georgia
Department of Early Care and Learning
Early Childhood Special Education
Nebraska Department of Education
Early Intervention Technical Assistance
State of Connecticut Department of Education