Call for DEC International Committee Members

The DEC International Committee is recruiting members. You’re invited to take this opportunity to be an engaged and active member of DEC! What is the DEC International Committee? The DEC International Committee is still in progress. It is estimated that the DEC International Committee will be in place by December 30, 2019. The International Committee aims to highlight international perspectives on early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE). The Committee also aims to expand international representation in the membership, as well as DEC’s presence at the global level. Example activities to expect from the International Committee: Creates a professional meetings space for s

Call for DEC Personnel Preparation Committee Members

The DEC Personnel Preparation Committee is recruiting up to 3 members (2 professional, 1 doctoral student). You’re invited to take this opportunity to be an engaged and active member of DEC! What is the DEC Personnel Preparation Committee? The purpose of the Personnel Preparation Committee is to work in collaboration with and under the direction of the DEC Executive Office to complete projects and initiatives associated with preservice and in-service personnel preparation. The Committee facilitates discussions and interactions with other related stakeholders (such as Council for Exceptional Children and National Association for the Education of Young Children) in the training of individuals

NEW Notices Inviting Applications from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) published four new notices inviting applications this week. Details and links to further information for each notice are included below. Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for FY 2019 for OSERS/OSEP -- Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities -- Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services for Personnel Serving Children with Disabilities who have High-Intensity Needs (CFDA No. 84.325K) The 84.325K notice can be reviewed at the following Federal Register website:

Journal of Early Intervention (JEI) Editor Announcement

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is pleased to announce the new co-editors for the Journal of Early Intervention (JEI), Drs. Brian Reichow and Brian Boyd. Drs. Reichow and Boyd will begin serving a 5-year term starting in July 2019. Dr. Reichow is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Studies and Special Education and a member of the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Florida. Dr. Reichow’s current research interests include the translation of research to practice, the use of systematic review methods and meta-analytic methods to identify evidence-based practices, and applied research involving young children with or at risk of developin

Call for Input: Early Childhood Teachers’ Beliefs and Use of Social Interaction Interventions

Dear DEC Member, Teacher participants are needed for a study investigating teacher beliefs and use of interventions that facilitate social interactions for young children with disabilities. This study is being conducted by the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at UConn Health and the Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC). Early Childhood Teachers’ Beliefs and Use of Social Interaction Interventions is a dissertation research project utilizing a questionnaire used in prior research with DEC members. The purpose of this questionnaire is twofold: 1. To investigate the relationship between teacher beliefs and use of interventions to facilitate peer social i

ECPC DEC Early Childhood Leadership Initiative – Cohort 2 2019

The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) in partnership with the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) invites you to be a part of the 2019-2020 Early Childhood Leadership 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, professional development providers, and families will serve on local, state, 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

Young Exceptional Children Special Issue: Social Justice Approaches in Inclusive Early Childhood Edu

We are excited to share the inaugural YEC Special Issue will be out in print in June 2019. The Special Issue, guest edited by Maggie Beneke and Caryn Park, highlights innovative practices and frameworks that create contexts for young children with or at risk for disability labels to not only access, but to meaningfully engage in social justice curriculum. Topics include: preparing teachers to advance equity; talking about race with young children; facilitating an anti-ableism curriculum; and organizing for justice in the early childhood workforce. Learn more here.

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