Federal Register Publication: OSERS/OSEP FY 2018 Notice Inviting Applications -- Center on Early Sci

The following notice was published in the Federal Register today, Friday, June 29, 2018. FY 2017 Notice Inviting Applications for OSERS/OSEP Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities—Center on Early Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Learning for Young Children with Disabilities, (CFDA No. 84.327G) Publication Date/Application Available: Friday, June 29, 2018. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: Monday, July 30, 2018. Contact person for the 84.327G competition is: Dawn Ellis. The notice can be reviewed at the following Federal Register Web site: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-29/pdf/2018-14083.pdf The application package for the

ECPC and DEC Early Childhood Leadership Initiative

The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) in partnership with the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) invites you to be a part of the 2018-19 Early Childhood Leadership Initiative Cohort. The goal of the Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is to provide leadership training to emerging and existing leaders. The ultimate goal is that these leaders from institutes of higher education, doctoral students, and professional development providers will serve on local, national, and federal committees and councils and/or provide leadership through teaching/provision of professional development. This includes potentially serving as leaders within the professional associations. It is our goal to deve

Power to the Profession Task Force Statement in Response to DC345 Feedback

Dear colleagues, We are deeply grateful for the thoughtful responses we received on the first draft of Decision Cycles 3, 4, and 5 related to preparation, specializations, and career pathways for the profession. This all-in initiative is made stronger when everyone’s perspectives and voices are heard, and indeed, we heard from thousands of educators and stakeholders across the early childhood field, including participants in 22 focus groups; 1,296 survey respondents with more than 4,000 individual comments; 24 formal letters and statements; and dozens of key informant interviews. We also saw the name of the initiative made real, with the early childhood education profession showing its power

Think Babies and Act!™ Day of Action

DEC supports Zero to Three’s Think Babies and Act!™ Day of Action being held tomorrow, June 21, 2018. Please take a moment to contact your Senators and ask them to ensure that American families and babies have access to quality child care, early intervention services, nutritious foods, and other critical supports that help babies get off to a strong start. More information, sample tweets, and graphics to share are available at https://bit.ly/2M3Z5uO

*NEW* Call for Manuscripts: Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series No. 18: International Perspe

The call for manuscripts for the eighteenth edition in the Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series, International Perspectives on Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE), is now open. Download the full call, author guidelines, and a sample article here. Submit your manuscript by August 20, 2018. Contact the co-editors Serra Acar (serraacar@gmail.com), Hollie Hix-Small (hixsmall@pdx.edu), or Tara McLaughlin (T.W.McLaughlin@massey.ac.nz) if you have questions or need guidance. We look forward to receiving your submission!

Member Survey: Professional Use of CEC Specialty Sets Outside of CAEP/CEC Program Review

Dear DEC Members, The Council for Exceptional Children is to determine how the CEC Knowledge and Skill Specialty Sets are currently being used. This information is important for CEC and its Divisions as we move forward in determining how best to develop content that will ultimately support practitioners, complement CEC’s next generation of Professional Practice Standards, and move the field of special education forward. The survey is available here. Please submit your feedback by Wednesday, August 8th. Sincerely, Peggy Kemp, PhD Executive Director

June 21 is a Think Babies and Act Day of Action Sponsored by Zero to Three

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education is scheduled to mark-up their FY 19 Appropriations bill the week of June 25. This subcommittee has jurisdiction over many of the issues that impact infants and toddlers and their families. This mark-up process plays a major role in determining whether families have access to early intervention services, quality child care, nutritious foods, and other critical support to help infants, toddlers, and families. DEC members are encouraged to mark your calendars for June 21 and join advocates and share your voices on behalf of infants and toddlers. Stay tuned for more information on how to participate via

Early Childhood Standards Development Task Force - Applications Due June 26th

Would you like to be a part of making history? DEC is launching an ambitious project to develop its first ever stand-alone educator preparation standards and is seeking applications for members of the Early Childhood Standards Development Task Force. For approximately 25 years, DEC has had Initial and Advanced Knowledge and Skill Specialty Sets that higher education preparation programs have used to develop curriculum and that have been used to help inform CEC’s national program review process completed through collaboration with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). However, programs that have been evaluated against the CEC Initial and Advanced Standards may not

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