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New Leveraging Briefs Series on Attract, Prepare, Retain Available Now!
The new leverage briefs are the culmination of OSEP’s Attract, Prepare, Retain: Effective Personnel for All Initiative and highlight 13 leverage points covering strategies recognized by various stakeholders as essential to addressing critical shortages in the special education workforce.
OSEP Centers and Grants
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to enacting the vision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by improving results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21. To support this mission, OSEP distributes discretionary grants to support personnel development, technical assistance and dissemination, technology, media and materials, and parent-training and information centers.
See below for more about federally funded and OSEP-funded centers and grants.
About OSEP Centers
OSEP funds over 50 centers to provide a diverse range of services and supports to special education stakeholders. These centers provide technical assistance (TA) services to families, schools, districts, and States.
OSEP Technical Assistance Network
OSEP has technical assistance (TA) centers, which are funded under the following IDEA programs: Personnel Development; Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D); Educational Technology, Media, and Materials; Parent Training and Information; and the TA on State Data Collection. The online infographic provides the names of each of the centers, links to their websites, and their focus areas. It can be used as an interactive PDF within the website or it can be printed on legal-sized paper.
Other Federal Education Centers
Comprehensive Center Network
The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) funds 19 Regional Comprehensive Centers (CC) and one National Comprehensive Center. These centers provide services to all fifty States, the District of Columbia, the Bureau of Indian Education, and U.S. Territories and outlying areas. This link provides information about the centers, their resources, and the TA they provide.
Regional Education Laboratories
The Institute of Education Sciences funds ten Regional Education Laboratories (RELs) to work in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and other educational stakeholders to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. For more than 50 years, the RELs have collaborated with these partners to help them generate and use evidence and improve student outcomes. This link provides additional information about the RELs.
Equity Assistance Centers
OESE funds the Equity Assistance Centers (EACs) are funded to provide TA and training upon request in the areas of race, sex, national origin, and religion to public school districts and other responsible governmental agencies to promote equitable education opportunities. The centers work in the areas of civil rights, equity, and school reform. This assistance helps schools and communities ensure that equitable education opportunities are available and accessible for all children. This link provides additional information on the EACs.
Administration for Children and Families Training and Technical Assistance
The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care collaborate to provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) across early care and education (ECE) programs. This joint T/TA system supports ECE programs and educators in delivering quality services to children and their families. This T/TA network is comprised of national centers that provide high-quality, practical resources and approaches to build ECE program capacity. The centers also support consistent practices across communities, states, tribes, and territories. This link provides additional information on the T/TA network.
Find a Center
Our Find a Center page lists all OSEP-funded centers by their area of focus. Visit the page to find a Center that can best serve your needs.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) authorizes formula grants to States and discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations to support OSEP priorities.
For more information on the grants currently funded by OSEP, please visit the OSEP Discretionary Database.