Project DATA

Created by Haring Center educators, researchers, and graduate students Project DATA (Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Autism) is a groundbreaking, replicable, sustainable, inclusive classroom model for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This program has been replicated by school districts throughout the state of Washington and the rest of the United States.

At the EEU, Project DATA (Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Autism) is a program in which children on the autism spectrum currently enrolled in our preschool programs can receive additional services integrating the best, most current educational practices from the fields of early childhood special education and applied behavior analysis.

Project DATA was created during a time when half-day preschool was the standard. During this time, Project DATA was an extra service, extending the day of the learners who participated. Over the past few years, the EEU has gradually pivoted to a full day preschool model for all students. Because of this, Project DATA no longer extends the day of the learners. This creates many opportunities for thoughtful, individualized service for all types of learners.

Instruction from the Project DATA staff occurs primarily in the inclusive preschool classroom, embedded throughout daily routines and activities. Some learners receive pull-out services in the Project DATA classroom, which provides more opportunities for individualized explicit instruction in a quieter space. The amount of time students receive DATA services in their preschool classroom vs the amount of time they receive services in the DATA classroom is a collaborative decision between the classroom team, family and DATA staff.

A nationally recognized program that began at the Haring Center, Project DATA is the model for which SPS designed its extended day special education program. Project DATA is provided through a contract with Seattle Public Schools. Learn more about Project DATA.