MD Child Outcomes Gateway  

Early Childhood Outcomes

The overarching goal for early intervention and preschool special education is to enable all young children to be active and successful participants during the early childhood years and in the future in a variety of settings – in their homes with their families, in child care, preschool or school programs, and in the community. In early intervention, there is also an overarching goal regarding families: to enable families to provide care for their child and have the resources they need to participate in their own desired family and community activities. In order to achieve these overarching goals, we know children need to have: positive social skills & relationships; acquisition and functional use of knowledge and skills (in order to engage / participate in activities); and use appropriate behaviors to meet their needs (leading to increased independence). And families need to: know their rights; effectively communicate their child’s needs; and help their child develop and learn.