THANK YOU FOR SAVING MEDICAID!

Senate Republicans decided not to vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal this week. This means your voices were heard! Thank you to each and every DEC member who took a moment to send a letter, call senators, post to facebook, tweet, and/or spread the word that advocacy was needed to save Medicaid. YOU DID IT! http://bit.ly/2xDCC3y Celebrate, catch your breath, and get ready for the next round so we can always stand up for young children with disabilities and their families.

Building Inclusive State Child Care Systems

The time may finally be right to make significant strides towards full inclusion of young children with disabilities in early care and education programs, including child care. Interest in achieving that goal has been on the rise among advocacy organizations and at the federal level. Statements issued in the past couple of years by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services affirm that all young children with disabilities should have access to high quality early childhood programs. The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 reinforced existing and included new provisions that are specifically designed to further inclusion in child care. Taken together, th

Please participate in National Call-in Day TODAY, September 25th

Your senators need to hear from you today. It is going to be a very tight vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill, so your voice is really needed to #SaveMedicaid. The vote may happen as early as Wednesday, calls are needed today and tomorrow. This healthcare bill significantly cuts and caps Medicaid reimbursements for children and their families in early intervention, preschool special education and school programs. Funding for children is cut 31% in this bill. ASK YOUR SENATORS TO VOTE NO ON THE GRAHAM-CASSIDY BILL AND ANY BILL OR AMENDMENT THAT CUTS OR CAPS MEDICAID. Find the phone numbers for your Senators here and call their offices. Use the script below for your call. If the line is busy, k

National Disability Call-in Day to Save Medicaid – Monday, September 25, 2017

Senator Graham (R-SC) and Senator Cassidy (R-LA) are poised to introduce another bill on Wednesday September 27 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill is being referred to as the “Graham-Cassidy” bill and is available here with a section by section summary available here. This healthcare bill significantly cuts and caps Medicaid reimbursements for children and their families in early intervention, preschool special education and school programs. Funding for children is cut 31% in this bill. ASK YOUR SENATORS TO VOTE NO ON THE GRAHAM-CASSIDY BILL AND ANY BILL OR AMENDMENT THAT CUTS OR CAPS MEDICAID. Click HERE to send your letter now! More information available here

National Day of Action Home Visiting – Tuesday September 19

Join DEC and other members of the Home Visiting Coalition in calling, emailing, and tweeting your Senators and Congressman to urge them to preserve and expand the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). A bipartisan senate bill is being introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ). This bill reauthorizes MIECHV for 5-years without additional funding and adopts provisions from H.R. 2824 but excludes harmful state match and pay-for included in H.R.2824. Click here for more information about this Day of Action and ways you can help. MIECHV, an evidence-based and voluntary parent coaching support for families and children expires on Se

New Resources Within Reason - September 2017 Double Issue

This month we are pleased to offer a double issue of RWR. We have paired this month's issue, Engaging Each Family, and the July 2017 Issue, Young Children in Immigrant Families. View the full email here. Please share this information in your networks! If you have questions, contact dec@dec-sped.org. View the

Call for Manuscripts: DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series No. 5 - Interactions: Responsive In

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) will publish its fifth monograph in the DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series in 2019. The topic of this monograph is interaction practices. Interpersonal interactions with sensitive, responsive interaction partners have been linked to virtually every area of learning and development in young children. For this monograph, we are interested in manuscripts that highlight innovative, evidence-based approaches to implementing the DEC Recommended Practices focused on interaction. Those implementing the intervention practices can be family members, caregivers, personnel, or other children who support the learning a

Child Care for Working Families Act – A new bill introduced September 14, 2017

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced their child care legislation “Child Care for Working Families Act” on Thursday September 14, 2017. DEC has endorsed this bill and now your Members of Congress need to hear from you! Click here for more information and tips on what you can do to take action! As DEC members, we know: many infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities that we serve are in child care settings and deserve high quality inclusive care, families deserve access to affordable, high-quality child care so that parents can work and give children a good start to succeed in school and in life, child care workers deserve increased compens

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