Support Emergency IDEA Funding

DEC members, please ACT NOW - we need your help! We are asking Congress to provide a one-time infusion of emergency funds for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including early intervention and early childhood special education preschool services, in a stimulus bill. This infusion of funds will directly target and support the needs of states, school districts, educators and early intervention programs and providers. Click here to Support Emergency IDEA Funding. #BecauseItMatters

NEW Guidance from the Department of Education

Dear CEC Members, On Friday, I shared with you CEC’s response to a stimulus bill involving education provisions and promised to monitor legislation regarding the state of special education during our current COVID disruptions. Over the weekend, we received additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). CEC is pleased that ED has issued helpful information to support educators, students and families. The new Supplemental Fact Sheet reaffirms the rights of students to receive educational instruction and related services under federal special education law during the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that for the safety of students and school personnel, it will likely need to be c

Join CEC for Free!

DEC Members and partners, CEC has made the decision today to offer FREE CEC membership to those who are not currently members. The goal is to assure each of you has access to CEC resources at this critical time. Please share this information within all of your networks. We are all in this together! Peggy Kemp DEC Executive Director www.dec-sped.org FREE MEMBERSHIP CEC is opening its doors to the special education community in need of resources. Nonmembers of CEC can receive a free basic membership from now through May 31 by using the promotional code "CECED60." This will give you access to all of CEC's journal articles, member discounts on events, and access to CEC's online membership commu

Child Care Needs Our Support

DEC is joining our partners in working to ensure child care receives urgently needed resources. We ask you to call your federally-elected official to ask for their support in providing emergency funding to maintain high quality child care. We must Fund Child Care. #BecauseItMatters For more information see this letter to Congress.

OSEP Guidance COVID-19 - March 2020

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has issued guidance on providing services to children with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic March 2020. From OSEP: "This Question and Answers document outlines states' responsibilities to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families and to the staff serving these children." The document is available for download here.

ACT NOW! The Families First Coronavirus Response (“Families First”) Act

DEC joins our early learning partners at ZERO TO THREE in asking our DEC members to contact their Senators TODAY! This is a critical time for Families! Thank you! Peggy Kemp DEC Executive Director From ZERO TO THREE: As our country struggles to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress must take swift action to ensure families have what they need to care for their young children. The Families First Coronavirus Response (“Families First”) Act, passed by the House, is a critical first step that will provide resources to address the pandemic and represents a down payment on what American families and babies need to get through this public health event. Now it’s the Senate’s turn.

Child Care & Early Learning COVID-19 Stimulus Request Letter

Division for Early Childhood, in collaboration with non-profit organizations nation-wide, has signed on to a letter to members of congress highlighting the specific needs of child care and early learning programs operating in all states and across all settings as related to the spread of COVID-19. Read the letter here. Related Resources The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommended as the primary source of information. The CDC information on the virus can be found here. The Education Department has a webpage for schools, child care, and colleges which will be regularly updated and include the most current information on COVID-19. It will also link to CDC information. The Department h

Call for Participants: ASD Intervention Techniques in Community Settings

Service providers who work directly with young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are invited to complete an online survey. The goal is to examine the intervention techniques used by service providers who work with children with ASD. This research is being conducted by Kyle Frost, a graduate student researcher at the Michigan State University Autism Lab. The questionnaire will take you about 20 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Michigan State University. At the end of the survey, you may enter your email into a drawing to receive a $50 Amazon gift card (your chances are 1 in 50). Click the link belo

March 9th: Join a P2P Celebration!

Over the past three years, your expertise, passion, and commitment to supporting early childhood educators has been the foundation for Power to the Profession. Informed by your input and feedback, the Power to the Profession Task Force has reached a consensus on a shared framework to advance the early childhood education profession. Please RSVP to join the Power to the Profession Task Force March 9th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET, either in person in Washington, DC or online to celebrate our shared commitment and the release of the Unifying Framework for Early Childhood Educators and the Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators. For those of you who will be joining by lives

Call for Participants: Autism Practice Selection Study

In order to inform researchers' and professional development providers' understanding of what practices Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) teachers are likely to use to improve outcomes for young children with autism, Maria Hugh, a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota, is seeking ECSE teachers to participate in a brief, web-based survey. Here are some details: Who: We need Early Childhood Special Education teachers who are working in 3-5-year-old classrooms of any type and have at least one student with autism they currently work with or have worked with this school year. What: A web-based survey that takes approximately 30-min. to complete Why: To help inform researchers

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