Professional Preparation, Growth, and Recognition in the Service Coordination Workforce

Sarah L. Nichols, Susan M. Connor, Maria P. Kastanis, Robert M. Corso

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A survey was distributed to Part C early intervention (EI) service coordination (SC) stakeholders in one state in order to gain a deeper understanding of service coordinator knowledge, skills, and motivators for professional growth and recognition. Survey participants (N = 107), including dedicated service coordinators, program managers, social emotional consultants, parent liaisons, local interagency council coordinators, and developmental pediatric consultants, identified knowledge and skills required for the role of service coordinators. Key motivators for professional growth within the SC role were also identified, including monetary, award/acknowledgment, and varied levels of responsibility. Data collected were analyzed, reviewed with Part C administrators, system point of entry leadership, and shared with EI stakeholders. Findings are being used to guide systems planning and decision-making to ensure service coordinators have opportunities for professional growth and are well prepared with the knowledge, skills, and supports necessary to partner with families and other professionals in EI. Information gained may also inform other state Part C programs and professional development entities as they (1) create and assess systems to support SC personnel; (2) build service coordinators' capacity to implement evidence-informed practices; (3) recognize service coordinators' critical role and expertise; and (4) foster the retention of well-trained, well-supported service coordinators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-20
Number of pages19
JournalInfants and Young Children
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Part C
  • early intervention
  • professional development
  • service coordination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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