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This paper, “Frameworks for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood: Description and Implications,” has been jointly developed by the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the National Head Start Association. The purpose of the joint paper is to define early childhood response-to-intervention frameworks and to promote a broader understanding and discussion of the topic. To learn more about the paper, please read the related advisory on the NAEYC website.

DEC, NAEYC, and NHSA offer this space for discussion and commentary on what the response-to-intervention (RTI) framework should look like as it is operationalized in early childhood programs. It is an opportunity to discuss different aspects of RTI, including the myths surrounding it, your experiences with it, its relationship to developmentally appropriate practice, what it means to children and parents, professional development needs of staff, and what additional research is needed. This space provides an opportunity to learn from each other, and we thank you in advance for participating. Your discussions will help inform all three associations as we continue to listen to the needs of the field on this topic.