US ED and HHS Release Joint Statement on Collaboration and Coordination of the MIECHV and IDEA Part

From the Office of Special Education Programs: "The purpose of this joint statement from the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Departments), is to set a vision for stronger partnerships, collaboration, and coordination between awardees of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C Program (IDEA Part C Program). Specifically, this joint statement provides recommendations to states, territories, and tribal entities to identify and enhance opportunities for collaboration and coordination between MIECHV and the IDEA Part C Program." Read the full joint statement her

Upcoming Learning Deck: Feeding Challenges: An Overview

When: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST Facilitator: Deborah A. Bruns, PhD Description: Many young children with disabilities and developmental delays experience feeding challenges. While their cause and treatment vary, there are a number of common approaches to assessment and intervention. This session will provide ways to collect information about feeding development and an overview of effective strategies and specialized interventions to facilitate feeding development. An emphasis on collaboration across professions will be shared. Resources will also be offered. 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 information on confirmation hearing for Betsy Devos as the nominee for the U.S. Secretary of Education, HELP confirmation hearing for Tom Price as the nominee for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services 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.

DEC Launches New Resource for Providers, Instructors and Leaders

Are you interested in free, high-quality, evidence-based resources to use in your work? Would you like a source for fresh ideas to use as part of your practice, courses, professional development, presentations, or briefings? The Division for Early Childhood (DEC), an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families, may have just what you’re looking for. Resources within Reason is a new bi-monthly, one-way listserv. Each issue focuses on a topic of interest to individuals who support young children and their families, with emphasis on children with or at risk for disabilities. All f

OSEP Releases Dear Colleague Letter on Preschool Least Restricted Environments (LRE)

The Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) published by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) reaffirms the U.S. Department of Education's position that "all young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs where they are provided with individualized and appropriate supports to enable them to meet high expectations." Read the full letter here.

New Resources for Immigrant Families and Educators

On January 10, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education published a resource to support educators and families in ensuring the success of immigrant students. The Resource Guide includes two parts: the Resource Guide: Building a Bright Future for All and Handbook for Parents, Guardians, & Families: Building a Bright Future for All. From the U.S. Department of Education blog post, Ensuring Education for All Children: "For most children, school is their home away from home. There they form friendships, socialize, grow, and learn. Children and their families rely on teachers, principals, and other school staff to nurture and protect them when away from home. And families and educators have a share

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