New Federal Resources and Policies Released!

Please visit the U.S. Department of Education Early Learning Website to review these NEW important updates. 1) New Guidance Released on Supporting Early Learning through the ESSA 2) First Joint Policy Brief on Use of Technology with Young Children 3) Early Childhood Privacy and Confidentiality FAQ 4) 30th Anniversary of PL 99-457 celebration videos and more!

DEC's Position Statement on Child Maltreatment - Taking a Stand!

Between September 2015 and now, the DEC Position Statement on Child Maltreatment has been drafted 12 times by the development team and 344 people provided additional comments/feedback during the community feedback period. Overall, the feedback was positive and constructive – many participants praising DEC for taking a stance on this topic. In September 2016, the DEC Executive Board officially accepted the position statement. The DEC Position Statement was presented to the membership at the 2016 DEC Conference. The development team is currently working with early childhood partners who have asked to endorse DEC's Position Statement. The position statement has come a long way and we believe

Yes DEC CAN! DEC's Bi-Weekly Policy E-Brief

This week's policy e-brief features updates from the U.S. Department of Education's policy brief on the use of technology with early learners, non-regulatory guidance to jump start young children on a path to success, regulations in teacher preparation, information on the October 28th DEC Advocacy Webinar and more. Read the latest e-brief here. If you're interested in having Yes DEC CAN sent directly to your inbox, you can sign up here.

Join Upcoming PD SIG Web Discussion --Every Family Has a Story: Building Family-Centered Practices C

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST Presenters: Jen Newton, PhD, Mira Williams, PhD, Linda Flynn, PhD Do you struggle with strategies to build student capacity regarding family-centered practices? Are you interested in ideas to promote partnerships with local providers and families to enhance coursework? Join the DEC Professional Development SIG for this web discussion to hear from three faculty members who have utilized innovative techniques to do just that! Participants will have opportunities to share their ideas and strategies as well. Register to join the discussion here.

Yes DEC CAN! DEC's Bi-Weekly Policy E-Brief

This week's policy e-brief features updates on the future of IDEA funding, the 30th Anniversary of Baby IDEA (Public Law 99-457), stories from the Council for Exceptional Children, policy-focused sessions at the DEC 2016 conference and upcoming advocacy events. Read the latest e-brief here. If you're interested in having Yes DEC CAN sent directly to your inbox, you can sign up here.

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