CEC’s Executive Director Responds to DeVos Waiver Requests

On April 28th, 2020, Chad Rummel, executive director of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), issued a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s release of a report to Congress titled Recommended Waiver Authority Under Section 3511(d)(4) of Division A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) — which proposes needed waivers under education laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Read the full statement here.

Secretary Releases Waiver Recommendations on IDEA

On April 27th, 2020, the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, released a report to the Congress as directed by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES legislation required the Secretary to provide recommendations to the Congress on what, if any, waiver authorities the Congress should consider to provide limited flexibility to assist States and local educational agencies to meet the needs of students and adults with disabilities during the COVID-19 national emergency. Read more about the recommendations here.

Division for Early Childhood Wednesday Weekly Wellness - Promoting Personal Wellness during COVID-19

During this unprecedented time, you as early interventionists/early childhood special education staff are being called upon to support infants, toddlers, preschoolers, young children and their families through the pandemic and transform overnight how you provide intervention and/or teach. At the same time, you may yourself have stress and anxiety caused by how these events are impacting you and your own families. That makes it all the more important to prioritize your own wellness during this challenging time. Nancy Surbrook-Goins, Training and TA Manager in Michigan, provides an opportunity to share your experiences, tips for personal wellness, self care and stress management during the pan

Action Alerts: Emergency Funding for IDEA/Share Your Story

Action Alert: Emergency Funding for IDEA DEC and CEC need your help in asking Congress to support Emergency Funding for IDEA including for Part C early intervention, 619 preschool special education, Part B state grants and Part D national programs. CEC has developed a request for a one-time infusion of $12.5 billion in emergency funds for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to directly target and support the needs of states, school districts, and local early intervention programs. Follow this link to send a letter to Congress. #BecauseItMatters Action Alert: Share Your Story DEC joins CEC and the Committee for Education Funding’s #HearOurEdStories campaign. Share your st

DECIDE's Well-Being Hour

Doctoral Students, Please join the well being hour offered by the Division for Early Childhood’s Consortium for Innovations in Doctoral Excellence (DECIDE). Join your colleagues from across the country in prioritizing your well being! Join the Zoom Meeting here at the time of the event: https://unr.zoom.us/j/98219155042?pwd=RHJwazFXY3MzQkZsdU1iUWk0TDRZdz09 Learn more about DECIDE here.

Opportunities for Families Attending the DEC 2020 Conference

The DEC Conference provides professionals and family members an opportunity to learn, network, and collaborate. The conference puts focus on evidence-based practices in the field of early intervention and early childhood special education. Family members will benefit from attending sessions related to the needs of infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities (0-8) and their families. The sessions are led by national leaders including researchers, higher education faculty, professional development staff, practitioners, and family members. Time is built into the conference to offer the opportunity to network with professionals and family members from across the country. Family Regi

Call for Participants: Early Childhood Survey

Update: Thank you for your interest! This survey is now closed. Are you providing services remotely or online to young children and their families right now? How is it going? Dr. Elizabeth Steed at the University of Colorado Denver is conducting a study to learn more about how remote services are being provided to young children with and without disabilities and their families. The findings will inform ongoing national efforts to support young children, their families, and the early childhood workforce during program and school closures. The survey is voluntary, confidential, takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and is IRB approved (COMIRB protocol 19-2079). All personnel (e.g., teach

Meet the new aRPy Ambassadors!

The 2020 cohort of 'aRPy ambassadors' from across the country help states with dissemination and implementation of the DEC Recommended Practices for the care and education of infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities. Through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, the ECTA Center developed a suite of free resources and videos – starring the animated spokesperson 'aRPy' for whom the project is named – to help practitioners and families apply these recommended practices to developmental interventions in everyday routines and settings involving children and families. The aRPy ambassador initiative represents a un

Thank You!

DEC members and partners, we wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude for all you are doing to provide quality services to infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities. And to the families, thank you for your partnership, your grace, and your support. Wishing each of you and your loved ones well and safe.

Call for Input: Service Coordination Stakeholders

In order to provide guidance for staff employed in Part C Early Intervention programs fulfilling the federal requirement of service coordination, we are seeking input on DRAFT Recommended Knowledge and Skills for Service Coordinators (RKSSC). The RKSSC were developed by the National Service Coordination Leadership Institute Group (a subgroup of the National SC Training Workgroup) with support from the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC). This survey may be shared and completed by service coordination stakeholders who can speak to the knowledge and skills service coordinators need to perform their duties. Stakeholders may include service coordinators

Division for Early Childhood Practitioner Listening Sessions

DEC Early Intervention (0-3) Practitioners Listening Session Monday, April 13th, 2020, 3:30 - 4:30 PM EST Please join us to share your experiences providing services during COVID-19. We will discuss strengths, challenges, and solutions from the field, for the field. If you serve infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, this session is for you. Sharon Walsh, DEC's Governmental Relations Consultant, will be on hand share to share information about current federal resources as aligned with the crisis. Please be ready with questions and resources to share. Register here to join. DEC Early Childhood Special Education (3-5) Practitioners Listening Session Wednesday, April 15th, 2

Family Listening Sessions with the DEC Family Committee

The Division for Early Childhood Family Committee is hosting its first Family Listening Sessions! Are you a family member of a young child with a disability/disabilities? Come join us on Tuesday, April 7th at 8:00 PM EST or Wednesday, April 8th at 1:00 PM EST. We welcome you to join the discussion, connect with fellow families, and share your experiences during COVID-19. Register for the April 7th Listening Session Here. Register for the April 8th Listening Session Here. Professionals & Students If you work with families, please forward this to family members who may be interested in participating!

Responding to Head Start Grantee Questions on COVID-19: Updated March 31, 2020

From the Office of Head Start: The Office of Head Start (OHS) is empowering grantee leadership to make decisions that support Head Start children and families first, and also helps others in need. OHS has received many questions from grantees seeking approval for local decisions about operations. OHS provides general guidance here. Grantees may join the MyPeers community to discuss particular situations with their colleagues. These questions and responses are also posted on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) coronavirus page.

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