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Trohanis TA Projects

The Trohanis Legacy

Photograph: Pascal "Pat" Trohanis

Trohanis TA Projects honors the legacy of Pascal "Pat" Trohanis, who directed a series of national and state early childhood technical assistance centers and projects from 1971 until his death in 2007. For almost 50 years his projects and those that have followed have been based on the values and guiding principles that he established and that evolved from his leadership. Those guiding principles have informed our Effective Technical Assistance Practices.

Past Projects

The first national TA center, TADS, assisted federally-funded HCEEP/EEPCD demonstration and outreach projects to develop, evaluate and disseminate models of serving children and their families. TADS evolved over its 16 years, refining and building upon the values, principles, and procedures of its model of technical assistance that still undergirds current projects.

TADS: Technical Assistance Development System


  • Developing, demonstrating, sustaining and replicating models of service

TAPPS: Technical Assistance Personnel Preparation System


  • Establishing and improving state level technical assistance

The national TA centers that followed, START and NEC*TAS, assisted states in developing and implementing interagency, coordinated systems of services.

START: State Technical Assistance Resource Team


  • Expanding access to services through state policy

NEC*TAS: National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System


  • Creating interagency systems of service — birth through five

More recently, NECTAC and ECO emphasized improving the outcomes of their early intervention and early childhood special education service systems.

NECTAC: National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center


  • Improving quality of services

ECO: Early Childhood Outcomes Center


  • Improving child and family outcomes of services

North Carolina Early Learning Network


  • Providing statewide technical assistance with the North Carolina preschool exceptional children's program.

See also: Current Projects