DC Strong Start Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (DC CSPD)

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), each state and jurisdictions' early intervention program must provide a system to recruit, retain, and provide professional development for the service providers in the system.

Strong Start, the District of Columbia's Early Intervention Program, Division of Early Learning, in the Office of State Superintendent of Education is responsible for the early intervention system in the District of Columbia. The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is the contract provider for the CSPD for the early intervention program in the District of Columbia, Strong Start.  This page and other parts of the website provide information to enhance Strong Start service providers’ knowledge and skills of best practices in early intervention services and supports. 

Essential Learning Modules

Service Guidelines
DC Strong Start Resources


University Graduate Certificate in Early Intervention

The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development and the School of Continuing Studies, Center for Continuing and Professional Education offers a Certificate in Early Intervention.  Click here to learn more about this exciting new learning opportunity!

Want to become a provider for Strong Start?

Informational provider fairs will be held periodically. Check back here for more information or contact Jerri Johnston-Stewart (jerri.johnston-stewart@dc.gov or 202-727-5853) about becoming a provider.

Local Training Opportunities Sponsored Outside Strong Start

Local training announcements will be posted here. If you would like an announcement listed, please email us at ucedd@georgetown.edu or 202-687-8807.

Essential Learning Modules

Essential Learning modules are free, online modules about the Strong Start, DC Early Intervention System. They are part of a comprehensive training system (see CSPD below) to better understand the expectations and best practices for providing early intervention services for children and their families.

Module 1: Comprenhensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD)
This module is an introduction to the personel development system for Strong Start

Module 2: Foundation Training(Introduction and Parts I-III)

This module was designed for providers new to the early intervention system in the District of Columbia. The training is divided into three parts. There is a companion document to download that provides extra information and a place to take notes as you go through all three parts. To navigate the module parts, click on the sections of the training for an interactive slide presentation. Use the arrows on either side of each slide to navigate forward and back and don't forget to download and use the companion document to take notes.

Module 3: Early Intervention and Medicaid

This module describes how the medicaid and early intervention system work together to finance service delivery for children in the Strong Start system.

Module 4: Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

This module will have several components. The first component available is the July 29, 2014 webinar about the Extended IFSP Option that went into effect July 1, 2014.

Special Instruction/ Developmental Therapy (Modules Coming Soon!)

Module 4

Coming Soon!

Extended Option for Families

Service Guidelines

District of Columbia Early Intervention Program Service Guidelines
Serving Children with Motor Delays

Check out our service guidelines page for more resources from other states and professional associations. We will be providing guidelines for comprehensive services to special populations of children see in early intervention systems.


The Strong Start CSPD training is offered throughout the year to inform providers of information and practices specific to the Strong Start, DC Early Intervention System. Trainings are offered online, in person, or a combination of both. Check this site often for new trainings and additional resources. All CSPD trainings are held at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development 3300 Whitehaven St. NW, Suite 3301, Washington DC 20007 unless otherwise specified. For more information about CPSD trainings, contact us at our main email or number 202-687-8807. Click here for the latest calendar

New Training

Coming Soon!

Past Training

July 2014
July 29th 12 noon- 1 pm Webinar: Extended Option for families and providers. Recording now available in the Essential Learning Modules section above

August 2014

August 1 Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorders with Audrey Thurm, psychologist and NIH researcher. She will discuss the early diagnosis and outcomes for children with ASD.

EI Practices Webinar Series (Fall 2013)

Thank you to M'Lisa Shelden and Dathan Rush for their time and expertise! Look for more great opportunities on this website.

Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention

This program is offered by the Center for Child and Human Development through the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Center for Continuing & Professional Education is an eight-course hybrid program utilizing distance education in combination with short intensive on-campus instruction. The program provides advanced training in comprehensive, evidenced-based early intervention practices to early intervention/early childhood professionals.  Click here for more information and registration for the program.  Build your professional confidence and credentials with this unique program!

DC Strong Start Early Intervention Resources

The Strong Start list of conditions and disabilities that make a child automatically eligible for early intervention is provided in the link below for your reference. This is not an exhaustive list and only the eligibility evaluation team and program administration can make final determination of eligibility. Please contact Strong Start with any questions about this list.

Eligibility Conditions and Diagnoses Updated April 2014

Central Directory
Strong Start’s directory of community agencies and services and support for families in the District of Columbia is available their website

Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Division of Special Education
D.C. Early Childhood Transition Guidelines Updated August 2014
See our Early Childhood Topics and Resources Pages for more information

Blog About It!

See our ongoing blog, EI Talk at http://guprofdev.wordpress.com/ and join the discussion about early intervention practices (Registration required)