Early Childhood & Head Start

Early Childhood & Head Start

Frequently Used Terminology

ACE - Adverse Childhood Experience 
ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act 
ADD/ADHD - Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 
AHT - Abusive Head Trauma 
ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder 
ASQ - Ages and States Questionnaires 
ASQ:SE - Ages and Stages Questionnaires-Social Emotional Development 
AV - Audio/Visual 
CAC - Community Action Council 
CACFP - Child and Adult Care Food Program  
CAP - Community Action Program 
CAPC - Child Abuse Prevention Council 
CCP - Child Care Partnership 
CCR&R - Child Care Resource and Referral 
CDA - Child Development Associate  
CDC - Center for Disease Control and Prevention 
CEU - Continuing Education Unit 
CLASS- Classroom Assessment Scoring System 
CP - Child Plus 
CPI - Crisis Prevention Institute 
CPS - Child Protective Services 
CSEFEL - Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning 
CT - Classroom Teacher 
CTC - Child and Teen Check-up 
DAP - Developmentally Appropriate Practices 
DD - Developmental Delay 
DLL - Dual Language Learners 
DRDP - Desired Results Developmental Profile 

EBD - Emotional Behavioral Disorder 
ECE - Early Childhood Education 
ECFD - Early Childhood Family Development 
ECFE - Early Childhood Family Education 
ECLKC - Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center 
ECMH - Early Childhood Mental Health 
ECS - Early Childhood Screening 
ECSE - Early Childhood Special Education 
EHS - Early Head Start 
EI  or EIS - Early Intervention or Early Intervention Services 
EPSDT - Early and Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment 
ERSEA - Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance 
FA - Family Advocate 
FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education 
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions 
FCC - Family Child Care 
FCP - Family & Community Partnership 
FPA - Family Partnership Agreement 
FSC - Family Service Credential 
GED - General Equivalency Diploma 
GGK - Growing Great Kids 
HB - Home Based 
HS - Head Start 
HSAC - Health Services Advisory Committee 
HSELOF - Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework 
HSPPS - Head Start Program Performance Standards 
HV - Home Visitor 
ICCPP - Individual Child Care Program Plan 
IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities’ Education Act 
IEIC - Interagency Early Interventional Committee 
IEP - Individualized Education Program 
IFSP - Individualized Family Service Plan 
IM - Information Memorandum 
KEA - Kindergarten Entry Assessment (Also KRA: Kindergarten Readiness Assessment) 

LEA - Local Educational Agency/School District 
LEP - Limited English Proficiency 
LHV - Lead Home Visitor 
LRE - Least Restrictive Environment 
MAICMH - Minnesota Association for Infants and early Childhood Mental Health 
MDE - Minnesota Department of Education 
MDH - Minnesota Department of Health 
MHSA - Minnesota Head Start Association 
MIECHV - Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting 
MOA - Memorandum of Agreement 
MOU - Memorandum of Understanding 
NAEYC - National Association for the Education of Young Children 
NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness 
NHSA - National Head Start Association 
OHD - Other Health Disabilities 
OHS - Office of Head Start 
OSEP - Office of Special Education 
OT - Occupational Therapy 
PC - Policy Council 
PDP - Professional Development Plan 
PE - Performance Evaluation 
PH - Public Health 
PI - Program Instruction 
PIR - Program Information Report 
PPE - Personal Protective Equipment 
PT - Physical Therapy 
PY - Program Year 
QPR - Question Persuade Respond 
QRS - Quality Rating System 

RAM - Risk Assessment Meeting 
RBI - Routine Based Intervention 
RFP - Request for Proposal 
ROI - Release Of Information 
RRP - Risk Reduction Plan 
RTI - Response to Intervention
SUIDS - Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Syndrome
SPED - Special Education
SR - School Readiness
SSI - Supplemental Security Income
STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math
SY - School Year
TANF/MFIP - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/block grant U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services;  MN Families Investment Programs
TT - Travel Time
TW - Telework
USDA - United States Department of Agriculture 
WAR - Weekly Activity Report
WCC - Well Child Check
WIC - Women Infants & Children
WRAP - We Rally Around Parents 

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