This project will solidify a collaborative effort of the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), and Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) to address priorities of the State Program Improvement for Special Education Grant and focus on training priorities identified in the Kansas service system for young children with disabilities and their families. These agencies and state training and technical assistance program are dedicated to stimulating reform and improving statewide and district level systems for children birth through five, with developmental delays and disabilities, and their families. This project will target the Kansas service delivery system and specifically address family service coordination in Kansas early intervention networks through professional development, technical assistance, and knowledge dissemination.
The goals of this proposal are to:
- Strengthen the skills of existing and new staff (Part C and Part B Early Childhood Special Education) in the area of Family Service Coordination through the provision of an initial training and follow-up training events;
- Develop a network/infrastructure of professionals as a state resource for training through the provision of a train the trainer training event; and
- Evaluate the effectiveness of this training through participation of KSDE and KDHE in assessing outcomes identified for the training and the application of skills by training participants.