Congratulations New DEC Executive Board Members!

The new DEC Executive Board Members are. . . Megan Vinh – Vice President Megan Vinh, Ph.D. is an Associate Director at the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA), the coPI of the Early Childhood Recommended Practice Modules project (RPM), and the evaluation lead for the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy). In her role at ECTA, she provides technical assistance, leadership, and evaluation support around improving state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increasing the implementation of effective practices, and enhancing outcomes of these programs for young children and their families. As the co-PI for the RPM project, she provides le

FREE Early Intervention SIG Webinar: Identifying and Supporting Young Children with Combined Vision

Start the year off with new information to help families you serve! Sign up early to reserve your spot! Date: January 18, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST Presenters: Megan Cote, National Center on Deaf-Blindness, Carol Darrah, Georgia Sensory Assistance Project, & Emma Nelson, Vermont Sensory Access Project Webinar Description: In this 1-hour presentation, we hope to increase your understanding of: Who are these kids? How do you find them and refer them for services? Implications for Intervention National and state resources related to Deaf-Blindness Register now for this FREE Webinar: Please remember to add a valid email address to receive a

Equity in IDEA - Final Regulations

The Department of Education has posted the final regulations under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These regulations promote equity for students of color and address the issues that have created significant disproportionality for students of color in identification, placement and discipline within special education and related services. From Ruth E. Ryder, Acting Director at the Office of Special Education, "The final regulations incorporate changes to the Department’s initial proposals from the comments we received in many ways, including: Better addressing how the risk ratio applies to small districts; States need not calculate risk ratios for any racial o

Upcoming Learning Deck: Possibilities & Obligations: Our Role in Supporting Young Children with

When: Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST Facilitator: Catherine Corr, PhD, Carlomagno Panlilio, PhD Description: Early Childhood (EC) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) professionals support young children with disabilities who have experienced maltreatment every day. However, many EC/ECSE professionals have reported feelings of uncertainty and confusion regarding supporting children who have been maltreated. Participants in this Learning Deck will explore:(1) the connection between disability and maltreatment in the early childhood years; (2) how early maltreatment can impact engagement, readiness, achievement;(3) DEC's position statement on Child Maltreatment. Regis

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

This week's policy e-brief features updates on the US Department of Education's guidance for fiscal changes and equitable services requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), President-Elect Trump's most recent administration selections, tips and a template for CAN Coordinators on creating a Children's Action Network business card, registration for Monday's 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.

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