June E-Communicator

The June E-Communicator is available now, and includes information on DEC Councils, Resources, News & Events. View the full email here.

DEC Joins More than 112 Organizations Urging U.S. Senate Not to Cut and Cap Medicaid

DEC's advocacy voice, and those of thousands of other groups, were heard by Congress regarding the U.S. Senate vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). This week DEC joined more than 112 organizations in telling the U.S. Senate not to cut and cap Medicaid. A full page advertisement (image below) was published in Politico magazine to tell the U.S. Senate that Medicaid caps and cuts will hurt tens of millions of Americans. Visit this site for more information: http://www.lcao.org/

Your Voice is Making A Difference!

Since you and many other advocates wrote, called, or tweeted senators about concerns on Medicaid cuts and caps, and its impact on young children with disabilities, the Senate has delayed their vote on the Healthcare Act (The Better Care Reconciliation Act) until after the fourth of July recess! Your voice matters, so please don’t stop reaching out to your senators while they are in their home states June 30 through July 9—attend their town halls, picnics, parades and schedule an office visit. See CEC’s Policy Insider for more information (and links to tweets and facebook posts) and don’t forget to continue using the CEC Legislative Action Center.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO SAVE MEDICAID!

The Senate Healthcare bill was released Thursday, June 22 and it is on a fast track with a vote likely by June 29. Senators need to hear from you NOW! Tell them to vote NO on the American Healthcare Act. Call your Senator’s offices and send letters/emails now! One of the biggest concerns is the bill will include Medicaid per capita caps. A per capita allotment, even one that is based on different groups of beneficiaries, will disproportionately harm children’s access to care, including services received at schools and early childhood programs. Medicaid is a cost effective and efficient way to fund essential health care services for children. Medicaid helps more than 37 million children th

Call for Input: DEC Position Statement on Personnel Standards in Early Childhood Special Education

We need your input! DEC, with participation from NAEYC, has revised its position statement on Personnel Standards for Early Education and Early Intervention. The purpose of the revised position statement is to provide guidance to universities/colleges, professional development providers, and state certification licensing offices on the preparation of educators who work with children with disabilities birth through 8 years old and their families. The position statement includes specific recommendations for the content and structure of programs and certification/licensing based on “what should be” and not necessarily on “what currently is”. The content of the position statement is consisten

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

This edition of Yes DEC CAN includes a Federal Fiscal Year 2018 funding update that is DEC-centric, providing specific details on the programs and legislation important to young children with disabilities and their families. 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.

Call for Conference Committee Members

Division for Early Childhood's 33rd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families in Portland, Oregon | We Need You! Apply Today The first meeting is June 22 at 4 p.m. After the first meeting, the committee will meet monthly on every 3rd Thursday at 4EST. We are recruiting for the following positions (4): Information and Communications Chair Member-at-Large New Members and First-time Conference Attendees Initiatives Chair Marketing and Publicity Chair Now is your chance to get involved! Please apply by June 16 if you are interested in joining the conference committee!

DECIDE Call for Co-Chair

DEC is committed to 1) Competent Professionals and Families; 2) Informed Professionals and Families; 3) Connections Among Professionals and Families; 4) Informed Policy Makers. A critical component to achievement of these ends is support for future leaders in early intervention and early childhood special education. DECIDE is DEC's consortium for higher education faculty, researchers, policymakers, and early childhood special education advocates and current doctoral students with the mission of enhancing the quality of doctoral education for DEC’s future leaders through the use of innovative approaches to learning.DECIDE seeks to provide doctoral students with support and mentorship while of

U.S. Department of Education Launches Revamped IDEA Website

There is a new federal portal for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act information, which launched June 1. From the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, the new website offers an updated design, expanded content and search capabilities, and enhanced accessibility. View the new website at https://sites.ed.gov/idea/ Download the New IDEA Website Flyer

Don't Cap My Care Medicaid Rally and Day of Action with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabil

Join the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and allies on Tuesday, June 6th for a Don't Cap My Care Medicaid Rally and Day of Action. It is critical that we make our voices heard that Medicaid matters and that caps and cuts are unacceptable! We need everyone to join in on Tuesday, June 6th. DC Rally: CCD and 30 other disability organizations and allies are co-sponsoring a Don't Cap My Care Rally on June 6th at 11:30 am with Senators Casey (PA), Wyden (OR), Van Hollen (MD), Duckworth (IL), Hon. Tony Coelho, and other members of Congress. The rally is at 1st St SE & Constitution, across from the Supreme Court. Attached is a flyer, and here is the FaceBook event and a webpage

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