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The mission of the Research and Training Center (RTC) on Early Childhood Development is to promote and enhance the healthy development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. The RTC was established to create a bridge between research evidence and early childhood intervention practices.

Our website is designed specifically for parents, therapists, early childhood educators and early interventionists, as well as researchers. The website includes information about effective practices based on research. If you are interested in the latest research on a particular intervention practice, visit our products page. If you can't find what you are interested in, let us know what you need by completing the topic suggestion form. We are committed to making the materials on our website as useful as possible. We appreciate any feedback you can give us to make improvements, and encourage you to visit our feedback page.

The RTC is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute. RTC partners include the Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Education, Asheville, NC, and the Family, Infant and Preschool Program, Western Carolina Center in Morganton, NC. The RTC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Research-to-Practice Division.



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