Pennsylvania Early Intervention State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR)
We Need Your Input!
Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Bureau of Early Intervention Services and Family Supports, needs your feedback and ideas on improving our Infant Toddler and Preschool Early Intervention program.
As part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, Pennsylvania must develop a State Performance Plan, or SPP, to evaluate the quality of the Early Intervention program. The SPP includes information on how progress and improvements in the Early Intervention program are measured. The SPP includes indicators which are measurement strategies used to show improvement. We need your feedback as we set targets and develop improvement strategies for the SPP.
Families – Register for a SPP Family Input Session!
Learn more about virtually input sessions and to hear about how progress is measured and provide feedback. Take a look at our Family Input Flyer to learn more.
Step 1: Watch Videos to Learn How Progress is MeasuredEach of the links below will take you to a different short (5-7 minute) video that describes how the indicator is measured, how the data is used, and the targets or goals for the indicator. Some of the videos focus on the indicators for the Infant Toddler Early Intervention program. Others focus on the Preschool Early Intervention program. Watch the videos that interest you or watch all eight.
Infant Toddler Indicators
Step 2: Tell Us What You Think
Take the online survey, either in English or Spanish to tell us what you think about the indicators. Give feedback on one indicator or all eight. Be prepared to answer these two questions:
- Are the proposed targets rigorous, but attainable? This means, do you think that the proposed targets are set high, but can be reached.
- What activities or strategies are needed for the Early Intervention program to improve in this area?
Step 3: Help Us Get Input from Other Stakeholders
We would like to hear from all of Pennsylvania’s Early Intervention Stakeholders. If you know of anyone who is invested in the quality of Pennsylvania’s Early Intervention program, encourage them to provide input. A discussion guide, designed to encourage groups of stakeholders to provide input, has been developed. Send the discussion guide to family members, Local Interagency Coordinating Councils, parent groups, Early Intervention provider and staff organizations, and other key stakeholders. You can also use the discussion guide to organize local meetings to review SSP targets and provide ideas for improvement strategies.
How is the SPP/APR Data Used?
The quality of the data that is collected for the SPP is critical for making good decisions. Your input to select targets and improvement strategies will ensure high-quality data. For more information on the importance of data-based decisions, please watch these videos.
The Importance of High-Quality IDEA Data: The Importance of High-Quality IDEA Data features state Early Intervention and special education professionals and OSEP staff describing how high-quality IDEA data help ensure that children with disabilities receive the Early Intervention and special education services to which they are entitled. This video from IDEA Data Center (IDC) also provides a brief introduction to the history of IDEA and the evolution of data use in Early Intervention and special education.
The Story of Data: An Early Childhood Tale: This short IDEA Data Center (IDC) video is an engaging animated story that shows how data inform early intervention decisions for a baby with disabilities. The Story of Data: An Early Childhood Tale also illustrates how secure data are combined at the local, state, and national levels to help leaders make informed decisions that support the needs of children with disabilities and their families.
Perspectives on Data Use: Listen to how important data are! The scope and complexity of data collected by Part C programs have significantly increased in the 30 years since IDEA Part C and Part B 619 began. Stakeholders of Part C programs now have unprecedented opportunities to use data to inform administrative operations, reporting, monitoring, continuous program improvement, and state policy decisions. These 2- to 3-minute videos describe some of the ways that key stakeholders are using data in their work to support children with disabilities and their families. Click on each stakeholder’s photo to see a brief video describing her/his first-hand perspective on early childhood data use.
Resources and Materials on the SPP/APR
The Importance of High-Quality IDEA Data: – These tables provide more in-depth information on how all the indicators in the SPP/APR are measured for Preschool (or Part B) Early Intervention Indicators and Infant Toddler (or Part C) Early Intervention Indicators.
Past SPPs and Annual Performance Reports (APR): Click on your county or preschool Early Intervention program to see a dashboard of that Early Intervention program’s annual data. To see the SPP/APR, click on the link at the bottom of each dashboard.