Administration for Children and Families Publishes Final Child Care and Development Fund Rule

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published the final rule for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) based on the 2014 Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG). This final rule updates CCDF regulations for the first time since 1998. The final rule includes final regulatory changes on ensuring the health and safety of children in care, helping parents make informed choices on access to quality care, providing equal access to stable, high-quality care for low-income children, and enhancing the quality of care and the early childhood workforce. Learn more about the CCDF Final Rule on the ACF website here.

Join in Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Baby IDEA - A Message from the US Department of Educatio

This October marks the 30th Anniversary of the passage of Public Law 99-457, which established Part C and mandated Part B, Section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As key partners in improving results and upholding the rights of infants, toddlers, and preschool children requiring early intervention and special education services, OSEP invites you to join in celebrating this important occasion! Throughout the week of October 3-7, 2016, OSEP will run a campaign showcasing many perspectives from the field, including researchers, families, practitioners, and even individuals who participated in early childhood services through Part C and Part B, Section 619 Preschoo

Call for Manuscripts: DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series - Using DEC Family Practices with A

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) will be publishing its third monograph in the DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series in 2017 concentrating on the Family topic area. We are interested in manuscripts that highlight the Family Recommended Practices from multiple perspectives to support families with young children from birth – 5 years old who have or are at risk of developmental delays and disabilities. We hope to publish manuscripts that represent the breadth and depth of each of the three themes of the DEC Family Recommended Practices (family-centered practices, family capacity-building practices, and family and professional collaboration),

DEC Seeks Policy and Advocacy Council Chair(s)

DEC is searching for the next Policy and Advocacy Council Chair! The Chair of this Council would demonstrate experience as follows: Expertise in working with or on behalf of young children with special needs Experience coordinating the work of others, including (but not limited to) project management, supervision, leadership roles, etc. Experience in developing policy recommendations for federal, state or local level consideration Experience in working collaboratively on advocacy issues with other associations at national, state or local level Please read the announcement for more information. Please apply if you believe you are interested in filling this critical position. Please share this

DEC's September E-Communicator

DEC's September E-Communicator is available now. Read about the latest news and a message from Executive Director, Peggy Kemp, PhD, and DEC 2016 Conference Chairs, Patti Blasco and Lydia Moore, here.

Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) released!

DEC members will be pleased to see that the final Head Start Performance Standards have been released and are contained in today's Federal Register. Read the announcement about the publication. Download a copy of the final standards.

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