Early Childhood and Education Unit

The purpose of the Early Childhood and Education Unit is to design and implement a range of research, training and service projects that work to assure that children with or at risk for developmental disabilities and delays receive high quality education services that support success through the pre-school, elementary, middle and high-school years, and transition to adulthood. Current initiatives are:

Waisman Early Childhood Program

Waisman Early Childhood Program is an inclusive classroom based program that serves children ages 1 though 6.

Professional Development

Birth to 3 Training and Technical Assistance
Wisconsin Personnel Development Project and RESources are statewide training and technical assistance resources for Birth to 3 staff and families in Wisconsin.

Early Childhood Professional Development Hub
The Hub serves as a focal point to provide professional development and ongoing support to a core group of early childhood professionals in Wisconsin whose primary role is to provide professional development at the regional and local level.

National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders
This multi–university center promotes the use of evidence–based practice for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders through the development of training materials and provision of training and technical assistance to state partners.

Parents As Leaders (PALs)
PALs is a leadership program for parents of children birth through six years of age with special needs. Parents and/or caregivers meet 4-5 times over the course of a year and learn about resources, gain leadership and advocacy skills and meet key leaders. There is no charge for families.
PALs Brochure
PALs Biennial Report 2007-2009: View PDF

Youth Transition

Project Summer
Project Summer's goal is to identify strategies that increase the participation of youth with disabilities in work, school, and the community, leading to better post-school outcomes and with a special emphasis on the summer months.

Natural Supports Project
Schools and communities throughout Wisconsin already are exploring an array of innovative ideas and strategies to provide natural supports to youth with disabilities. This grant competition is designed to discover and promote effective, natural ways of providing supports across a variety of different school, work, and community opportunities.