February E-Communicator

The February E-Communicator is available now, and includes information on the call for manuscripts for the new DEC Recommended Practices Series Monograph, links to DEC products and publications, position statement update information, news, & more. View the full email here.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Significant Disproportionality

On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning the Department’s significant disproportionality regulation published December 19, 2016. The Department is proposing to postpone the compliance date for implementing the significant disproportionality regulations by two years, from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2020. The Department is also proposing to postpone the date children ages 3 through 5 must be included in the analysis of significant disproportionality, from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2022. We are proposing to postpone the compliance date in order to thoroughly review the significant disprop

Call for Workgroup Members for DEC's Response to Intervention Position Statement Revision

Division for Early Childhood is revising the 2013 “Frameworks for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood: Description and Implications”. The purpose of the revised paper is to share lessons learned and to offer future directions. ​ We are currently seeking workgroup members. ​ To learn more about the position statement revision, workgroup responsibilities, and estimated timeline, please visit this page.

RFP Opportunity from the US Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences - Deadline Ext

On January 11, 2018, Mathematica Policy Research released a request for proposals (RFP) for a rigorous pilot study of an intervention program for children served in inclusive preschool classrooms. This study, the Evaluation of Preschool Special Education Practices (EPSEP), is being conducted by Mathematica, the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and the University of Florida on behalf of the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. EPSEP intends to provide evidence of the implementation and impact of an intervention program (consisting of a content-specific curriculum for all children in preschool inclusive classrooms and targeted instructional supports for

Promising Referral Practices. . . A FREE Webinar from the DEC Protection & Well-Being SIG in Col

Promising Referral Practices: Improved Collaboration between IDEA Part C and Child Welfare: Lessons Learned from State and Local Levels A Webinar Collaboration between the DEC Protection & Well-Being SIG and the ECTA Center Part 1: March 7, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST Register here: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/2039170046670446593 Part 2: March 21, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST Register here: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/3219330852343822337 Description: Greater collaboration between Early Intervention Systems and Child Welfare Systems can lead to reducing the underrepresentation of children in IDEA Part C who have been maltreated. CAPTA requires referral provisions and procedur

Shutdowns, Continuing Resolutions, & More - A DEC Update on Recent Federal Activity

DEC is preparing a February Federal Update based on the amazing activities of the last 48 hours, which you will receive early next week. We are currently analyzing all the details of this recent Congressional activity. In the meantime, we thought you would want to hear some of the good news from this morning, based on what we understand happened. While you were sleeping last night, the federal government shut down again for the second time in a month. This morning, probably before your second cup of coffee, the President signed a new continuing resolution into law. This 5th CR lasts until March 23rd of this year. The CR includes a new budget blueprint for 2 years and lifted budget caps. The

2019 DEC Executive Board: Call for Nominations

The DEC Executive Board is seeking nominations for two Executive Board positions starting July 1, 2019. Available Positions: Vice President Member-at-Large Board Member Responsibilities: The DEC Executive Board utilizes a structure of Policy Governance. The DEC Executive Board focuses their time and effort on ensuring accountability of the organization to fulfill its organizational purposes.​ All DEC Executive Board members contribute a minimum of 100 hours of their time annually and commit to the following responsibilities. 1. Linking with DEC members to get and give information so the Board can best represent DEC members, and members can be well informed about the Board’s work. 2. Establis

Power to the Profession Decision Cycle 3, 4, and 5 Roll Out Update

Dear DEC Community Members, Welcome to the next step in defining and advancing a unified early childhood education profession! As a DEC member who is absolutely a member of this profession, we invite you to be active in this next step and all that follow! DEC is proud to join with our partners on the Power to the Profession Task Force to share our hopes for the structure of the future early childhood education profession. The recommendations for this set of Decision Cycles (3-4-5) are designed to transform the complex and heavily fragmented early childhood field as it exists today into a coherent profession in the future. Read the Document You are the most important part of this conversation

Contact Your Members of Congress to Ensure MIECHV Funding

DEC Members – Many young children and their families who receive Home Visiting services and The Home Visiting Coalition, need our help! Call, email, and tweet your members of Congress now with a simple message: Please include renewal of the bipartisan MIECHV program in the continuing resolution to fund the government past February 8. MIECHV expired more than 120 days ago. Since then, home visiting programs across the country have struggled to effectively plan services and maintain their home visiting staffs. Without reauthorization, programs are beginning to turn away new children and families, lose employees and will ultimately close their doors. It is critical that you renew MIECHV for 5-y

IDEA Legacy Content Will Move to New and Improved IDEA Website

As you might have heard, the U.S. Department of Education has announced it is making changes to the current structure of the Department website and web pages, including where guidance and materials related to IDEA information will be located. Information currently housed on the IDEA.ed.gov Building the Legacy 2004 site will be moved to the Department’s website effective April 30th. DEC is an active participant in stakeholder conversations with staff at the Department of Education and it is our understanding that the planned changes will improve security and accessibility while ensuring all current IDEA information remains available online. DEC shares the Department’s goal of making material

*NEW* Call for Manuscripts: DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series No. 6 - Teaming and Collabora

The call for manuscripts for the sixth edition in the DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series, Teaming and Collaboration, is now open. Download the full call to learn more. Submit your manuscript here by April 25, 2018. Please contact the co-editors Pam Winton (pam.winton@unc.edu), Chelsea Guillen (cguillen@illinois.edu), or Alana Schnitz (aschnitz@ku.edu) for additional information about the contents of the monograph, the submission process, or initial feedback on whether your idea would be a good fit for this DEC monograph. We look forward to receiving your submission!

January E-Communicator

The December E-Communicator is available now, and includes information on the Call for Manuscripts for the new DEC Recommended Practices Series Monograph, two new DEC publications, Policy & Advocacy updates, News, & more. View the full email here.

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