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Investigators at the Universities of Minnesota, Kansas, and Oregon launched the Early Childhood Research Institute on Measuring Growth and Development (ECRI-MGD) in October 1996 to produce a comprehensive system for continuously measuring the skills and needs of individual children with disabilities from birth to eight years of age.

This measurement system included two major elements:

  • growth and development indicators for monitoring the progress of individual young children
  • solutions-oriented assessments allowing families and early childhood and early elementary educators to identify features of classroom and home settings they can change to improve children's developmental outcomes.

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This project was funded by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education (Grant No.: H024S60010).

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