Giving Tuesday: DEC... Because it matters.

On #GivingTuesday, we hope you consider giving a donation to DEC... ...Because it matters. The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children 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 with disabilities and other special needs and their families.

DEC 2017 Conference Call for Proposals (deadline: January 31, 2017)

We're excited to accept proposal submissions for the Division for Early Childhood's 33rd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families taking place October 4 - 6, 2017 in Portland Oregon. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017. The submission system is active now. We hope that you will submit proposals that demonstrate meaningful, effective, and sustainable collaborations across research, policy, and practice to increase learning opportunities for every child, family, and community through everyday routines and interactions. Looking forward to seeing you all in Oregon! Lydia Moore, PhD, Conference Chair Rosa Milagros Santos, PhD, Conference

DEC Holiday Schedule

As this season of thanks, reflection, family, and celebration approaches, we wanted to let you know that DEC will operate a modified business schedule from November 23, 2016 - January 02, 2017. DEC believes it is important to give its staff, volunteers, and members a well-deserved opportunity to take a time-out from their usual routines and spend some time with friends and family. DEC Executive Office Holiday Schedule November 23, 2016 - January 02, 2017 November 23 - Close at noon November 24 - Closed | Thanksgiving Day November 25 - Closed December 23 - Close at noon December 25 - Closed | Christmas Day December 26 - Closed December 30 - Closed December 31 - Closed January 1 - Closed | New

Yes DEC CAN! Action Alert: Tell Congress to Invest in Early Childhood Special Education Programs NOW

DEC VOICES ARE NEEDED NOW TO SUPPORT IDEA FUNDING! THIS MEANS ALL OF US! Discussions are underway now and decisions will be made very soon about funding for all federal programs for the current fiscal year (October 1, 2016, through Sept 30, 2017). Your voices are needed now to be sure your Representative and both Senators to the U.S. Congress know how important it is fully fund IDEA and other early childhood programs! Your action now is particularly important since current proposals for IDEA programs call for a freeze at last year’s funding level for most programs including Part C and Preschool 619. We have serious concerns that the House has recommended significant cuts in the Part D Progra

New Report from the Early Learning Interagency Policy Board on the Integration of Data from Early Ch

A Message By Linda K. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, Libby Doggett, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy and Early Learning and Charles Homer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Human Services Policy "Today the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) released a joint report that will help states refine their capacity to use existing data from early childhood programs to improve services for young children and families. The report covers key considerations when states integrate data and highlights progress in eight states that are actively developing and using early childhood integrated data systems (ECIDS). It also

Onward - A Letter to DEC Members

Today, DEC sent a letter to membership regarding our renewed opportunity to articulate our values and who we are as a profession. Read the full letter from the DEC Executive Office and Executive Board here.

Upcoming Learning Deck: More than Just Manipulatives Teaching Math in Preschool Classrooms

When: Monday, December 12th, 2016, 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST Facilitator: Jessica Hardy, PhD Description: It is important that children have high-quality, developmentally appropriate math experiences from an early age. In this learning deck, we will discuss how engaging learning activities can be developed and implemented in preschool classrooms to help children learn a variety of math skills, from counting to patterning and beyond! We also will discuss how intentional, systematic instruction can be used in the context of engaging activities to ensure student learning. Register here to attend! Learn about more upcoming Learning Decks!

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

This week's policy e-brief features updates the interagency policy brief on childhood homelessness, information on tomorrow's webinar The Policy Statement in Action: How States are Using the Inclusion Policy Statement to Make Change 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.

New Interagency Policy Statement on Early Childhood Homelessness

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Education (ED) announced the release of an interagency policy statement on early childhood homelessness. The statement recommends ways DEC members at the local and state levels can collaborate with housing providers to better meet the needs of pregnant women and families with young children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Read the statement here.

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