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 Early Childhood Outcomes - Indicator 7

​Early childhood outcomes for preschool children receiving special education services are reported each year to Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).  The data is reported through the Child Outcome Summary Process. The Child Outcome Summary Form (COSF) is the tool used in Georgia to measure early childhood outcomes.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)

The ECTA Center is a consortium of national experts from multiple organizations funded through the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. The center provides technical assistance to state programs.  The center has created training modules that states can use to provide professional development to the staff required to report early childhood outcomes. 

Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Online Learning Modules

This online learning module provided through the ECTA Center is designed to prepare early intervention and early childhood special education staff to use the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process to describe how children are doing on three child outcomes:

  • Children have positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships).
  • Children acquire and use knowledge and skills (including early language/ communication and early literacy).
  • Children use appropriate behaviors to meet their needs.

To set the stage for what you will learn in this module, view the Child Outcomes Step-by-Step video (Edelman, 2011). The 9-minute video shows the three child outcomes in action. Free registration may be required to view these modules.

Child Outcome Process Resources:

Georgia Resources:


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