Project LIFE is a collaborative effort to support a cadre of up to eight leadership graduates in Early Intervention (EI) programs (birth-3) at Florida State University (FSU) and to equip them with the competencies needed to generate, implement, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based practice and policy for infants and toddlers with or at risk for disabilities and their families. Trainees in this interdisciplinary program will complete a competency-based model, including broad-based knowledge and skills essential for EI leadership personnel and the specialized skills necessary to address the needs of children with low-incidence disabilities and their families. Curriculum areas include: (a) core content for family-centered early intervention leadership, policy and program evaluation, and influences of family, culture, disability, and poverty on service delivery and society; (b) specialized low-incidence disability content (e.g., severe disabilities, autism); (c) evidence-based practice and research methods in collaboration with university faculty and national consultants; (d) professional development, instructional design, technology, and teaching in collaboration with State-level Part C programs. Unique components of the project design include a multifaceted mentorship model with project faculty, State-level Part C coordinators, and national centers for policy and research (e.g., families, transition, inclusion, challenging behavior, and personnel preparation). Communication with mentors will be supported through technology including computer-based, two-way interactive communications, Web-enhanced instructional systems, and a project Web site.