Early Intervention Technical Assistance system (EITA) provides state wide training and technical assistance on behalf of the Bureau of Early Intervention Services (BEIS), Pennsylvania Departments of Human Services and Education. The primary recipients of EITA training and technical assistance are the local infant/toddler and preschool early intervention programs that provide supports and services to children with developmental disabilities and their families. EITA is part of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), which provides training and technical assistance for school age children and their families.. EITA provides both statewide and regional training initiatives that are developed through the analysis of statewide data, including program verification visit and self-verification results, state and federal requirements, relevant research, and planning with state department staff. Statewide professional development trainings are provided across the Commonwealth when it is necessary to ensure a consistent message from the BEIS. Family members are always included and welcome participants and trainers in professional development activities. Examples of current statewide training initiatives include literacy, autism, positive behavior supports, inclusion, assistive technology and parent leadership.
EITA also provides assistance in the development of quality enhancement plans developed annually with each infant/toddler and preschool early intervention program. The quality enhancement plan is based on findings from verification visits with local programs, self-verifications completed by local programs, BEIS priorities, relevant research, and locally identified needs. The quality enhancement plan is linked to the state performance plan submitted to the US Office of Special Education. Quality enhancement planning is an ongoing process that is the result of conversations, data collection and review, research and clear identification of outcomes. The quality enhancement plan focuses on specific programmatic changes or outcomes and includes information on how change will be measured. Quality enhancement plans focus on providing technical assistance and building local capacity through repeated contacts with the same persons/programs to assist with program wide change. The plan is a flexible document that is updated as additional information or needs arise.
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