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April 23, 2014
About DEC

Image of a child playing.The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is one of seventeen divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) - the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

DEC is especially for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families.

The Division for Early Childhood promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.

The Executive Board of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) has adopted a model of governance known as Policy Governance. The Board recognizes its role in providing vision and leadership for the organization. Policy Governance enables the Board to focus on the larger issues, to delegate with clarity, to rigorously evaluate accomplishments, and to truly lead its organization.  Click here to read the current policies approved by DEC's Executive Board.

Observing principles of Policy Governance, the Executive Board crafts its values into the four types of policies below: 

The Ends refer to the effect DEC seeks to have on the world outside itself. Specifically they define what benefit is to be created, whom this benefit should be for, and at what comparable value this set of benefits for this identified set of recipients is worth.

In these policies, the Executive Board establishes the boundaries of acceptability within which activities can take place. These limiting policies, therefore, apply to staff means, (how it gets things done) rather than to Ends (what is to be achieved).  Executive Limitations and establish the conditions that would be unacceptable even if the Ends were achieved.

The Executive Board determines the methods it will use to accomplish and evaluate its own work. Using Policy Governance, the Board clarifies its role, its style of interacting, and its process for making decisions.

These policies describe and define how the Executive Board's authority is delegated to the Executive Director and how the Board will monitor the organization. The Board clarifies the manner in which it delegates authority as well as how it evaluates performance.

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