Early Care and Education Commonly Used Abbreviations

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Do you ever feel  like you're swimming in abbreviation stew?  Unsure if you really know what all those letters standing side by side mean?  Here are some of the most common and popular Early Care and Education abbreviations.

Abbreviation Full Name
ACF Administration for Children and Families
CCDBG Child Care and Development Block Grant
CCDF Child Care and Development Fund
CCR&R Child Care Resource and Referral
CDA     Child Development Associate Certificate
CDS   Child Development Services
DCTC     Dependent Care Tax Credit
ECAC     Early Childhood Advisory Council (also SECAC – State Early Childhood Advisory Council)
ECCS     Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems
ECE     Early Childhood Education or Early Care and Education
EHS     Early Head Start
EIS     Early Intervention Services
ELC     Early Learning Challenge
EPSDT   Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment
EITC   Earned Income Tax Credit
EPS     Essential Programs and Services
EF     Executive Function
ESY     Extended School Year
FSSA   Family and Social Services Administration
FFPSA   Family First Prevention Services Act
FFN     Family, Friend and Neighbor Care
FAPE     Free Appropriate Public Education
GLR     Grade Level Reading
HS     Head Start
IECMH   Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health 
IDEA     Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP     Individualized Education Program
IFSP     Individualized Family Service Plan
IEU     Intermediate Educational Unit
KEA     Kindergarten Entry Assessment (also KRA: Kindergarten Readiness Assessment)
LEA/SEA   Local Education Agency/State Education Agency
MIECHV   Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting
OSEP     Office of Special Education Programs
PD     Professional Development
PET     Pupil Evaluation Team
PDG B-5   Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five
QRIS     Quality Rating and Improvement System
RTT     Race to the Top
SAU     School Administrative Unit
SEL     Social and Emotional Learning
SSBG     Social Services Block Grant
SLDS     Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems
SNAP     Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 
TANF     Temporary Assistance for Needy Families


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