IDEA Indicator B7: Early Childhood Outcomes


OSEP requires states to measure and report the extent to which preschool children with IEPs make progress on 3 outcomes:

  • Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships)
  • Acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (Including early language/communication and early literacy)
  • Use of appropriate behaviors to meet their needs

The ultimate goal for early childhood special education is to enable 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 childcare, preschool, and in the community (Early Childhood Outcomes Center, 2011).

For more information regarding the Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) process, please visit the ECTA Center (

Early Childhood Outcomes Training Modules: