By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
WASHINGTON (Oct. 29, 2018) — The Department of Education recently awarded grants for new and legacy investments to centers that support infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities and their families.
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services’ Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) distributed these grants awards under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part D, which authorizes formula and discretionary grants.
OSEP issued recompete announcements, and the following centers received grants to continue work on legacy investments:
- National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
- Awarded to the University of Oregon
- Currently known as PBIS
- National Technical Assistance and Dissemination Center for Children who are Deaf-Blind
- Awarded to the Helen Keller National Center
- Center on Dispute Resolution
- Awarded to Direction Service
- Currently known as CADRE
- Center for Parent Information and Resources
- Awarded to the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey, Inc.
- Currently known as CPIR
OSEP awarded new investments to projects that will focus on early childhood education. Those investments include:
- Center on Early Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Learning for Young Children with Disabilities
- Awarded to Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in partnership with University of Denver
- Funded to ensure that young children with disabilities can engage in and benefit from STEM learning
- Will disseminate information about practices and supports related to technology use to improve STEM learning for young children with disabilities to early childhood programs and providers, administrators, families of children with disabilities, and institutions of higher education
- Associate Degree Preservice Program Improvement Grants to Support Personnel Working with Young Children with Disabilities
- Funds six new projects at: San Diego State University, University of Colorado – Denver, University of Connecticut Health Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Toledo, and University of Washington – Seattle
- Grant recipients will partner with local community colleges to enhance the quality of existing associate degree programs so that associate degree-level personnel are well prepared to work with young children with disabilities in inclusive programs
- Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services for Personnel Serving Children with Disabilities who have High-Intensity Needs
- Funds 10 new early childhood projects at: California State University – Los Angeles; San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, University of Florida, University of Illinois, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Oregon, University of Vermont, University of Washington – Seattle and Washington University in St. Louis
- Projects prepare personnel in early intervention, special education, and related services at the master’s degree, educational specialist degree, or clinical doctoral-degree level
You can view all of OSEP’s Part D investments using the OSEP Discretionary Grants Database.