Beth Cole, EdD, is an Early Childhood Special Education Funding & Accountability Program Associate at WestEd. She is a CIFR technical assistance liaison and leads the center’s IDEA Part C tools and product development. Dr. Cole has worked in Part C since 1996, beginning at a local program in Colorado after her son was diagnosed with autism at age 2-1/2. Before joining WestEd in 2021, she worked at local Part C programs and at Colorado’s lead agency where she served as Fiscal Accountability Manager and Provider Relations Manager and oversaw the development and rollout of Colorado’s Telehealth training and trainings for providers on billing private insurance and Medicaid. Dr. Cole received her EdD in early childhood leadership and equity from the University of Colorado, Denver, in 2019..