Call for Strand Chairs and Reviewers for DEC 2020 Conference Proposals

Conference proposal review season is here! DEC is looking for members to serve as conference proposal Strand Chairs and Reviewers. How to Sign-up as a Strand Chair or Reviewer Your input helps assure this year's conference content meets the high-quality standards that participants have come to expect from the DEC Annual Conference! This means we need dedicated DEC members, like YOU, to score and rank the proposals we receive this year. To sign up, simply complete the form below by January 31st. Apply to Review. To participate in the review process, you must be a current DEC member. Join or Renew Your Membership Online.* Email CEC Member Services. You can also join or renew your membership ov

Announcing DEC's New Executive Board Members

Division for Early Childhood welcomes Megan Purcell, the new Vice President, and Justin Lane, the new Member-at-Large! Dr. Purcell and Dr. Lane will begin their terms July 2020. About the New Executive Board Members Megan Purcell – Vice President Dr. Megan Purcell, Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, coordinates, teaches, and conducts field supervision for the Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs program. She prepares educators to work with children with and without disabilities ages birth through 3rd grade. Personally and professionally, Dr. Purcell plans to continue what she is currently doing until she can

Early Childhood Funding Increases: Your Advocacy at Work

DEC extends our gratitude for your continued voices in seeking additional funding for Early Childhood programs. We are pleased the announce the House has passed the following increases for Early Childhood programs and expect the funding bill to pass the Senate and move on for the President’s signature in the coming days.​ Part C of IDEA- $7 million increase ($477 million total) Preschool Part B/619- $3 million increase ($394 million total) IDEA Part B- $400 million increase (3.48 billion total) Preschool Development Grants-$25 million increase to be used for the upcoming December 2019 awards Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant-$10 million increase University Centers for Ex

Call for DEC Research Committee Chair and Members

The DEC Research Committee is currently recruiting members and a chair. Please consider applying if you would like to be part of this vital group that focuses on research in EI/ECSE. You’re invited to take this opportunity to be an engaged and active member of DEC! Research Committee Purpose DEC’s Research Committee provides strategic direction and makes recommendations for DEC’s research efforts. The Research Committee members work collaboratively with the DEC Executive Office. Together, we strive to ensure DEC is at the forefront of innovative research. The Committee will support linkage and partnership with relevant constituent groups. Among other crucial activities, the Research Committe

The 2020 Conference Call for Proposals is Open Now

DEC is excited to accept proposal submissions for the Division for Early Childhood's 36th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, taking place October 20 - 23, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2020. The submission system is active now. Learn more at We look forward to seeing you all in Minneapolis! Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children

Call for Input: Project ENGAGE Research Study

Dear DEC Member, Input is needed from all members of the DEC community to help refine and validate a new technology-based observation system called ENGAGE. The Project ENGAGE research team at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, with funding from the Institute for Education Sciences (Award #R324A170032), is developing ENGAGE to simultaneously measure child engagement and adult interaction practices known to promote engagement. ENGAGE is being designed; for use with a variety of children within a variety of preschool classrooms, to provide a data-based “temperature check” of the classroom, and to help teachers, coaches, administrators, and researchers use data to support classroom instru

New Resources Within Reason - December 2019

This month's issue, compiled by Camille Catlett, features ways to use similarities and differences to support inclusion. 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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