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DEC Celebrates and the Award Program

Each year DEC honors individuals who are making a difference in the lives of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities and their families.

During the DEC conference, the DEC Celebrates event is a time to honor our legacy, as well as celebrate the year's award winners.

Congratulations to the 2023 DEC Award Winners Sheena Jennings The Rose C. Engel Award for Excellence in Professional Practice    Micki Ostrosky The Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award   Crystal Williams The J. David Sexton Doctoral Student Award Jen Newton The Merle B. Karnes Service to DEC Award  Darla Gundler  The DEC Family Award  Vicki Stayton The DEC Mentoring Award. Join us for the Celebration! DEC Celebrates will take place on Wednesday, November 29th, 2023, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Hilton Minneapolis. DEC will be hosting the Awards Ceremony and a Celebration for our 50th Anniversary! If you haven't already, you can still register for the DEC Conference at We look forward to seeing you there!
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