DECIDE Call for Co-Chair: Deadline Extended

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

NEW Position Statement: The Position Statement on Challenging Behavior and Young Children

NEW Position Statement: The Position Statement on Challenging Behavior and Young Children was approved by the Executive Board this month! This work includes 8 statements of beliefs around challenging behavior. Join your DEC members in taking a stand! Please read and SHARE! Thank you to Angel Fettig, Jessica K. Hardy, and Kathleen Artman-Meeker for leading this work. Find the statement at http://www.dec-sped.org/position-statements.

YOUR VOICE MATTERS – SENATE VOTED NO – HEALTH CARE BILL DID NOT PASS

Thank you! After a long week and a very late night of debate and amendments on the Senate floor, early this morning the Senate voted “NO” on the final Senate version of the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This bill, The Health Care Freedom Act, was released several hours before the vote and was ultimately defeated with 49 Senators in favor of the bill and 51 Senators against it. This is the result of you--DEC Members-- and many other families and advocacy groups sharing their voices with Senators. Your voice DOES make a difference and DEC thanks you for your amazing efforts! DEC will continue to provide you with information and tools as you continue to advocate for young child

Don’t stop now – Contact your Senators today!

Senators reconvene at 10 am ET today to continue debate, amendments and votes on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). This is the healthcare bill that significantly cuts and caps Medicaid reimbursements for children and their families in early intervention, preschool special education and school programs. Thank you for your previous contact, but please contact them again. Our voices are making a difference and they need to keep hearing from us! ASK THEM TO VOTE NO ON ANY BILL OR AMENDMENT THAT CUTS OR CAPS MEDICAID. Click HERE to send your letter now!

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Call for Input: DEC Position Statement on Personnel Standards in Early Childhood

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

DEC Conversations - Wednesday, July 26, 10:00 - 11:00 AM ET

Open conversation with Peggy Kemp, DEC Executive Director The purpose of this call is to discuss issues that are important to you. Please bring your questions/comments/feedback. This month's highlighted topic is Power to the Profession. The guest for DEC Conversations is Katherine Kempe, Senior Director, Professional Recognition and Advancement, NAEYC. Katherine will join Peggy for questions/comments/feedback related to the Power to the Profession initiative. This is one of a series of conversations DEC members will have opportunity to discuss Power to the Profession so if you cannot make it this month, we will also host additional conversations and webinar opportunities plus more. For more

Resources within Reason - Young Children in Immigrant Families

The latest edition of Resources within Reason is available now. "Between 2000 and 2015, the number of children ages 17 and under with immigrant parents grew 36%, from 13.1 million to 17.9 million. If you work with young children and their families, the likelihood that you will work with young children whose family members are immigrants increases daily. It’s important for each early childhood professional to know more about how to effectively support each of these children and their family. To that end, members of DEC’s VOICES Council are sharing their ideas about effective resources to support your work with young children who are immigrants and their families [. . .]" Read more at the link

National Day of Action Home Visiting - Wednesday, July 12

Join DEC and other members of the Home Visiting Coalition in calling, emailing, and tweeting your Senators and Representatives to urge them to preserve and expand the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). MIECHV, an evidence-based and voluntary parent coaching support for families and children, expires on September 30, 2017 – a few short months from now– if Congress fails to act. Home visiting helps parents learn skills and gain support to be the best parents they can be. Proven outcomes of MIECHV include improvements in prenatal care and birth weight; early childhood health and development; school readiness; and economic stability. MIECHV has also been shown

Your Senator Wants to Hear from You!

Senators have returned to Capitol Hill and are working on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). This is the healthcare bill that significantly cuts and caps Medicaid reimbursements for children and their families in early intervention, preschool special education and school programs. A vote may happen as early as next week! DEC and other groups met with Senators, Representatives, and their staff today (July 11) on the Hill and they told us they need many letters and phone calls with personal stories about the importance of Medicaid funding. Take action now and ask your Senator to vote NO to BCRA. Click here for more information and tips on contacting your Senators.

DEC and the Power to the Profession: A Call for DEC Member Engagement - Decision Cycle 2

DEC is a member of the national Task Force convened to use feedback from the field and available research to establish the shared framework for the profession. This important conversation impacts the work each of you do on a daily basis as well as the work of our partners/team members. Where does DEC fit in this important initiative? What are the implications of this work for your work? We're requesting feedback from DEC members and community members for decision cycle 2 of this process. The first decision cycle, Professional Identity and Boundary, determined the profession that we commit to advancing and governing and the profession's role and responsibilities. The survey, linked below, is

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