2018 Awards Nominations Are Open Now

Each year, DEC recognizes members who excel in our field with prestigious awards. Please consider nominating a valued DEC member to receive a 2018 DEC Award to honor and celebrate their contributions. Remember that we rise when we lift others. Please nominate a deserving DEC member! Thank you, Jennifer Kilgo, Chair DEC Awards Committee View the Awards Program Complete a Nomination Here

We celebrate your advocacy efforts and are pleased to share good news!

Your emails, tweets, other social media posts, and phone calls made a difference for many young children and families! Congress passed a bipartisan supported FY 18 spending bill that the President signed which means the government is funded through the end of the fiscal year (9/30/18). This spending bill included the following:] A $11.4 million increase for Part C of IDEA A $12.8 million increase for Part B Sec 619 of IDEA A $610 million increase for Head Start ($115 million of that for Early Head Start that will be used for Early Head Start expansion or Early Head Start/child care partnerships A $2.4 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (the largest in history!)

New Learning Deck Webinars - Topics include Assistive Technology, Collaboration to Support Inclusion

DEC Learning Decks are webinars for those who work with, or on behalf of, young children with special needs. Webinars are $25 for DEC Members, $35 for Non-Members. Are you a DEC member? Email us for your discount code. Giving Our Quietest Children a Voice: Implementing the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology | Thursday, April 12th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST Facilitators: Gretchen Cole-Lade, PhD, Claudia Otto, PhD, Dianna Ross, MS Learn More | Register Here Supporting Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in Child Care Settings: How Collaboration Supports Inclusion | Thursday, May 17th, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST Facilitators: Jenna Weglarz-Ward, PhD Learn More | Register Here Understanding

New Resources Within Reason - March 2018

This month's issue, compiled by Nicole Kitchens and Catherine Corr, Ph.D. of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, features resources on Maltreatment and Trauma. View the full email here. Please share this information in your networks! If you have questions, contact dec@dec-sped.org. Visit the Resources Within Reason page here to see all archived issues.

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