Call for Input: Public Draft #2 of the Leveling of the Professional Standards and Competencies for E

DEC Members: The Power to the Profession Initiative is worthy of our continued focus, discussion and input. I urge you to respond to the next opportunity for expressing your thoughts and concerns. Public Draft #2 of the Leveling of the Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators is now available for comment. The leveling is intended to serve as a guide to the profession regarding expected mastery of the standards and competencies at the ECE I, II and III designations outlined in Decision Cycles 3,4,5 and 6 of Power to the Profession. As a Power to the Profession Task Force member organization, we encourage you to provide feedback on this draft to ensure that the

Call for Applications for the aRPy Ambassador Initiative

Applications Due November 15th, 2019 The aRPy Ambassador Initiative represents a unique partnership between the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Region B Parent Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Parent to Parent of Georgia (on behalf of the Parent Center Network). The aim of the aRPy Ambassador Initiative is to bring awareness to the DEC Recommended Practices and support the dissemination and use of the DEC Recommended Practices (RPs) by practitioners and families and the associated resources and tools. Applications are now being accepted from early childhood professionals from a var

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Call for Manuscripts: DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series No. 8 - Transiti

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) will publish its eighth monograph in the DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series in 2020. The topic of this monograph is transition practices. Transition refers to the events, activities, and processes associated with key changes between environments or programs during the early childhood years and the practices that support the adjustment of the child and family to the new setting. These changes can occur at various transition points: from hospital to home, into early intervention (Part C) programs, out of early intervention to community early childhood programs, into Part B/619, and to kindergarten or school-

DEC Executive Board Elections Are Open Now!

Your Vote is Your Voice! It's time to elect new members to the DEC Executive Board! Help us make this year the year that EVERY MEMBER VOTES! As DEC members, voting is your right and responsibility. Now, more than ever, we need strong leadership at DEC.​ We count on you to elect new members to the Board who not only represent various constituents within DEC and our field as a whole, but also bring a high level of energy and commitment to serving the organization. Before you vote, please take a few moments to review the candidate profiles. The deadline to vote is December 1, 2019. DEC Executive Board Elections are now open. Please visit the Elections page here to learn about the candidates and

Action Alert to #FundEarlyChildhoodIDEA- Join us on Thursday, 10/3

Join Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children and early childhood advocates from across the nation in asking Congress to invest in early childhood services for young children with developmental delays and disabilities. In late July, the Funding Early Childhood is the Right IDEA Act H.R. 4107, was introduced by Representatives Mark DeSaulnier (CA-D), Rodney Davis (IL-R) and Jared Huffman (CA-D) (Press Release of Bill H.R. 4107). This bipartisan bill addresses the significant gap in federal funding for IDEA Part C and 619 Preschool Grant Programs. With 18 co-sponsors, this bill increases authorization levels over 5 years for these crucial programs and would bring us

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