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 32nd Annual International DEC Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. This year's conference theme, A Winning Trifecta: Knowledge, Implementation, and Evaluation of DEC Recommended Practices, 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
Ben Rogers, DEC Associate Director