DEC Joins CEC in Denouncing the Federal Commission on School Safety Recommendation to Rescind School

DEC Joins CEC in Denouncing the Federal Commission on School Safety Recommendation to Rescind School Disciplinary Guidance The Federal Commission on School Safety released its final report on December 18, 2018 ignoring the input of thousands of students, educators, families and advocates across the nation to maintain the Obama administration school discipline guidance that was intended to help prevent the disproportionate suspension and expulsion of students of color and students with disabilities. Instead the commission recommended the recision of the guidance. Background on this issue: In October 2018, DEC joined CEC and over 100 other educational organizations & leaders in sending the att

OSEP Update Newsletter: Closing Out 2018 with Valuable Resources for Improving Programs

The latest issue of the OSEP Update is available now and includes a Letter from Director Laurie VanderPloeg, "Results Driven Accountability: What's Due and What's New", "Dose of Data: IDEA Fiscal Reporting and EDFacts Information Collection Open for Public Comment", and more. Download the full newsletter here. Sing up for email updates here.

Announcing DEC's New Executive Board Members

Congratulations to the New DEC Executive Board Members! The new DEC Executive Board Members are: Darla Gundler – Vice President Darla Gundler is an Associate Director of the Early Childhood Personnel Center at the Federation for Children with Special Needs in Boston, MA where she oversees the Family Leadership initiatives and Collaboration with Partners. Darla entered the field of early childhood intervention through the birth of her second child, Tiffany, who was born prematurely. Tiffany had developmental delays and was diagnosed with a profound hearing loss shortly after birth. Through Tiffany, Darla has experienced the birth to three system, special education through high school, the tr

Call for Manuscripts: DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series No. 7 - Assessment

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) will publish its seventh monograph in the DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series in 2020. The topic of this monograph is assessment practices. Assessment is the process of gathering information to make decisions. Assessment is a critical component of services for young children who are at risk for developmental delays/disabilities and their families because it is essential for identifying children with developmental challenges and informing intervention. Eleven assessment practices are included in the DEC Recommended Practices to guide practitioners in implementing the variety of purposes of assessment needed

You’re Invited! Special Update of Power to the Profession DC345+6 Public Draft 2

As leaders in the early childhood field, you are invited to join a special pre-release update webinar on the next decision cycle draft from the Power to the Profession National Task Force. This draft, known as DC345+6 Public Draft 2, sets forward a bold vision for a future structure for the early childhood education profession and incorporates recommendations related to levels within the profession, preparation programs, and specializations as well as recommendations for compensation of early childhood educators. There are three options for this update and each will include the same presentation. You are invited to attend whichever time works best for your schedule. 12/17/18, 2:00–3:00 pm ET

Action Needed Tuesday 12/11– Preventing Maternal Deaths Act

Encourage your members of Congress to pass H.R. 1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, It is on the House Calendar for Tuesday. DEC in collaboration with other groups under the leadership of Association of Material and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is advocating for passage of this important legislation. View the letter DEC signed onto at

New Learning Deck: Using Picture Books to Engage and Educate Children with Disabilities - A Three Pa

Using Picture Books to Engage and Educate Children with Disabilities Monday, January 28th, 2019, 12 - 1 PM EST Monday, February 11th, 2019, 12 – 1 PM EST Monday, March 4th, 2019, 12 – 1 PM EST Interactive read alouds encourage children to participate throughout the read aloud experience, whether asked to answer questions about the text, recite phrases repeated in the story, or act out the plot. Current research shows that this fun interaction offers an increase in language skills, vocabulary development, and engagement when done with targeted activities that support students’ learning objectives. Interactive read alouds were found to specifically increase the verbal participation in children

DEC Comments on the "Public Charge" Rule

At DEC, we believe in advocating for our most vulnerable populations, lending our collective voice for change - Because it Matters! DEC members and DEC partners, this is the time to speak for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and families! What is the issue? On October 10, the Department of Homeland Security published the "public charge" proposed rule. This proposed rule would allow the U.S. to keep out immigrants it thinks might use government benefits to meet their needs. This proposed rule would greatly expand the criteria for use of U.S. government benefits in making immigration decisions. The public charge rule will discriminate against immigrants with disabilities and their families try

The 2019 Conference Call for Proposals is Open Now

We're excited to accept proposal submissions for the Division for Early Childhood's 35th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families taking place October 1 - 4, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019. The submission system is active now at We hope that you will submit proposals that demonstrate meaningful, effective, and sustainable collaborations across research, policy, and practice to increase learning opportunities for every child, family, and community through everyday routines and interactions. Looking forward to seeing you all in Dallas! Jenna Weglarz-Ward, PhD, Conference Chair Jacquelin

Educator Voice in Research- Survey Extended to January 15, 2019!

Dear DEC members, Please consider being a voice for EI/ECSE! The Council for Exceptional Children invites you to share your opinion on education research through the Jefferson Education Exchange and the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences survey. The survey deadline has been extended to January 15, 2019. We encourage you to participate in the survey. Participants who complete the survey will be eligible to win one of three iPads.Thank you for taking the time to add your voice. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Division for Early Childhood

Exciting News About the CONNECT Modules and Courses

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is happy to announce a partnership with Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to host both the CONNECT modules and courses on the DEC website. This partnership is made possible with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) through the Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC). The partnership will ensure that the CONNECT modules and courses remain available and accessible to the field in 2019 and beyond. The free CONNECT modules are designed for faculty and professional development providers to s

New Resources Within Reason - November 2018

This month's issue, compiled by Camille Catlett, features resources on environmental practices. View the full email here. Please share this information in your networks! If you have questions, contact Visit the Resources to Support Practices page here to see all archived issues.

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