Our mission

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families. 

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We look forward to seeing you at the 31st Annual International DEC Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This year's conference theme, “The Time Is Always Right to Do What Is Right” (MLK, 1964) for Young Children and Families, features leading experts from around the world in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related disciplines. Our conference program is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of those who work with or on behalf of young children with special needs and their families.
If you have any questions about the DEC Conference, please feel free to contact us at conference@dec-sped.org. 

Thank you, 
Patricia Blasco, DEC Conference Chair
Lydia Moore, DEC Conference Co-Chair
Leah Weiner, DEC Executive Director
Ben Rogers, DEC Conference Manager 


If your organization does not allow online purchases, please download a conference registration form. If you are registering more than one person for the conference, each attendee needs to be on their own registration form. 

If you have any questions related to the DEC Conference please email