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

This week's policy e-brief features information on the resolutions which passed in the House of Representatives regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and teacher preparation programs, how to connect with your local representative during the recess this week, information on the confirmation hearings for Tom Price, the the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Seema Verma, the nominee to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 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.

Power to the Profession - Decision Cycle 1 - DEC input needed!

Dear DEC members, As you know DEC is honored to be one of the organizations working alongside NAEYC on the Power to the Profession initiative. DEC is one of 15 national organizations who represent and engage with large groups of early childhood professionals that make up the core task force. As a part of our joint work, we (DEC members) will be asked to respond during each of 8 decision cycles over the course of the two year initiative in specific ways. For this first decision cycle, we ask the following actions: Read the letter from Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC CEO Go to: http://www.naeyc.org/profession/decision-cycles Read the current Working Draft for Decision Cycle 1 Provide public comment

Upcoming Learning Deck: Maximizing the Benefits of Shared Story Reading for Young Children with Auti

Wednesday, March 15th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST Facilitator: Veronica Fleury, PhD, BCBA-D Read More Reading to young children is a developmentally appropriate practice common in many homes and early childhood classrooms. Shared reading is also an excellent context to teach important early literacy skills that can provide the foundation for reading success. Many children with autism and other developmental disabilities may require behavioral supports and reading modifications to encourage active participation in shared book reading. This webinar will cover practical, evidence-based strategies that caregivers, teachers, and other adults can immediately implement to increase the quantity and quality

The IDEA Website: What You Need to Know

DEC members have been asking about the status of the federal website that was created after the last reauthorization as a one-stop place for information and resources on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Yesterday evening, the Division for Early Childhood Executive Office received this statement from the Department of Education: “On Wednesday, February 8, 2017 the server hosting IDEA.ed.gov crashed. The U.S. Department of Education has not removed the IDEA.ed.gov website. Within the same day, the site was redirected to a new page containing pertinent information relating to IDEA. The Department recognizes the concerns you have with the outage and is working on a long-te

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

This week's policy e-brief features information on the confirmation hearing of Betsy Devos as U.S. Secretary of Education, an announcement of the new Policy Council Chair, Policy and Advocacy Leads, 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 Secretary of Education | New DEC Policy and Advocacy Council

Dear DEC Members: The recent confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education was clearly controversial. Our community was very vocal in expressing our concerns about Ms. DeVos, in large part based on her confirmation hearing and written responses about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It was not at all clear she understood or is committed to the principles and provisions of IDEA. We should be proud of how thousands of us mobilized, spoke up, and shared our stories and our commitment to ensuring the rights of children with disabilities and their families. This is what DEC is all about. Secretary DeVos has been confirmed and is now our Secretary of Education. W

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