Early Intervention Research and Management Group

The Early Intervention Management and Research Group (EMRG) is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation that was created “To manage future developments associated with linked measurement and curriculum systems designed to enhance early childhood intervention offered to young children and their families, thus providing a public service and benefit” (EMRG bylaws). In particular, EMRG is focused on managing and improving the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System (AEPS®) which is described on the home page of this web site.

Specifically, EMRG was established to address two general objectives: 1) oversee the future development of the AEPS®, and 2) refine and enhance the AEPS through the conduct of descriptive and empirical research.

Support for addressing EMRG general objectives is possible through a legal arrangement with the AEPS publisher, Brookes Publishing. With one exception, AEPS® authors have agreed to direct their royalties from AEPS products to EMRG. These funds are to be used to manage decision-making associated with the AEPS and to conduct further research to improve and enhance the AEPS®. Authors of future AEPS® revisions have agreed to respect the current agreement between Brookes Publishing and the authors to ensure that future AEPS® royalties go to EMRG.

As required by non-profit 501 (c) (6) guidelines, EMRG is managed by a board of directors. To become a board member, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduate degree in early intervention/early childhood special education or a related field
  • At least three years of work/study/teaching focused on the AEPS®
  • Comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of linked systems
  • Commitment to improving/refining the AEPS®

The current EMRG board is composed of 7 directors and includes:
  • Diane Bricker
    Carmen Dionne
  • Jennifer Grisham-Brown
  • JJ Johnson
  • Marisa Macy
  • Tracy Thorndike-Christ
  • Misti Waddell

Board members have three areas of work underway which is conducted through e-mail communications, phone conferences, and meetings.  The first area of work is focused on developing guidelines to meet the legal obligations of a non-profit corporation.   The second area of work is focused on developing operating procedures for the corporation.  The third area of work is focused on: 1) data collection and analysis examining the validity of the AEPS® to establish children’s eligibility for IDEA services and 2) examining the validity of the AEPS® to monitor child progress toward the federal child outcomes developed by the Office of Special Education Programs.