Applications for New Awards; Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities-Early Childhood Personnel Center
Purpose of Program: The purposes of this program are to: (1) Help address State-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education to work with children, including infants and toddlers, with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.
To address this challenge, IDEA Part C (section 635) requires the State lead agency to develop and support high-quality, coordinated comprehensive systems of personnel development (CSPD)  and IDEA Part B (section 612) requires the State educational agency (SEA) to ensure that personnel are appropriately and adequately prepared and trained.
This priority is:
Early Childhood Personnel Center.
All infants, toddlers, and preschool children (young children) with disabilities should have access to high-quality early childhood programs (U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, 2015).
The purpose of this priority is to fund a cooperative agreement to establish and operate an Early Childhood Personnel Center . . .
Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $83,700,000 for the Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $2,000,000 for this competition.
Nearly $84 million tax education dollars will be spent to provide SEA’s and LEA’s or their subgrantees, with a personnel development center that will provide them with the ability to hire teachers that are capable of providing a high quality, early chilhood education.
Wouldn’t it be more efficient and effective to provide the priority requirements to colleges and require them to train their student teachers in the instruction of early childhood education prior to their graduation so that the pool of teachers applying for these positions are already capable?
This award simply diverts valuable education dollars from the actual education of children to the profits of “hedgehogs” who would operate these Early Childhood Personnel Centers.
Educated childen produce educated adults.
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