WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES OF ECP?

All ECP programs share modes of "core" activities and supports involving consultation, mentoring, advocacy, direct service, technical assistance, and applied research. Some of the specific modes in our approach include:

  • On-site mentoring for ongoing professional development of teachers supplemented by web-based options
  • Participatory action research strategies to document the impact, outcomes, and success of creative early childhood intervention programs
  • Prevention through consultation strategies to teachers to promote healthy behavior, development, and early learning in young children
  • Collaborative design, selection, and implementation of measurement methods to monitor child, family, and program status and progress
  • Technical assistance, training, and mentoring for inclusion of young children with special needs into typical early childhood settings
  • Parent education and support on preventive developmental healthcare concerns and early school success competencies
  • Systems consultation to administrators about classroom and program design
  • Organizational design and transagency teamwork
  • Practice learning practica and internships with graduate students to advance the work of community partners
  • Technical assistance to program staff and administrators about database technologies for linking assessment, curriculum-planning, intervention, and applied program outcomes evaluation
   

HOW ARE ECP PARTNERSHIPS FORMED AND SUPPORTED?

ECP initiatives are created through joint ventures and contractual agreements with local, regional, state, national, and international partners. Such partners have broad, mutual interests in such issues as system reform, interagency teamwork, prevention, developmental healthcare, human services, inclusive education, professional development, leadership, and responsive public policy. Most ECP joint ventures, both large and small, are funded through federal and state government, foundation, and interagency grants and contracts to the University through OCD.  

Joint ventures can be discussed and arranged by contacting the ECP Director, Dr. Bagnato at bagnatos@pitt.edu.

   

WHO ARE THE PROFESSIONALS IN ECP?

ECP is composed of interdisciplinary professionals, faculty, fellows, and graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh and other partner universities (e.g., Duquesne, IUP, Chatham). The following disciplines are represented in ECP joint ventures with community partners: psychology, pediatrics, nursing, early childhood special education, early childhood education, child life, child development, health and rehabilitation sciences, social work, community and public health, and epidemiology. Select teams of faculty and fellows from these disciplines are chosen to provide individualized community-based service and research supports to our partners in each collaboration.



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