Kansas Early Childhood Outcomes Information
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Introduction to Early Childhood Outcomes
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Part C Infant-Toddler Services, and the Kansas State Department of Education, Part B-619 preschool program, have worked together to develop a collaborative system for collecting and reporting early childhood outcomes data as required by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Outcome data is used at the federal level to examine the effectiveness of state programs serving children with disabilities from birth through age five, and the plan for collecting data is included in the State Performance Plan (SPP) and annual outcomes data is reported in the Annual Performance Report.
The three early childhood outcomes are:
- Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships),
- Acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (including early language/communication, and literacy for three, four, and five year olds), and
- Taking appropriate action to meet their needs.
To determine child progress on the outcomes, information is collected at two points in time: 1) when children first enter the early intervention or preschool program and 2) when children permanently exit the early intervention or preschool program. Assessment information is collected and used in a rating process using the Child Outcomes Summary Form, developed by the Early Childhood Outcomes Center, to document the rating process. This information is then submitted into a statewide data collection system administered through the Kansas State Department of Education called the Outcomes Web Based System (OWS).
The Kansas Inservice Training System, KDHE and KSDE have worked collaboratively to provide regional and statewide training opportunities and to create materials and guiding documents to help support the field in the efforts to report outcome data. This web page is intended to be a source of continuing information and resources related to the measurement of early childhood outcomes in the state of Kansas, we suggest checking frequently for updates.
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