The Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center provides national leadership in assisting states with the implementation of high-quality outcome systems for early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) programs.
Our website provides up-to-date information and resources for state and local administrators, technical assistance providers, teachers, other direct service providers, and families.
The ECO Center is a collaborative effort of SRI International, the University of North Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, RTI International, and the University of Connecticut. The ECO Center was originally funded by Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in October 2003, and is currently funded through September 2013.
Want to learn more about the reporting requirements for child and family outcomes? Listen to an orientation for new staff here (1hr 16min).
Download a one-page flyer outlining ECO Center activities.
"Yet, ultimately, teachers, parents, and policymakers also need to know if young children are healthy, that they are developing essential social and emotional skills such as self-regulation and cooperative play, and that their emerging academic skills are developing appropriately. At the end of the day, early learning and development programs must begin to shift to evaluating the basic outcomes we seek and prize for our children."
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's Remarks at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference November 18, 2009