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

DEC is excited to continue its Wednesday Weekly Wellness Series through June! 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 experienc

OSEP June 4 Webinar: Highlighting Resources For Teachers and Parents to Enhance the Continuity of Le

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is hosting a Webinar Highlighting Resources For Teachers and Parents to Enhance the Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities on June 4th, 2020. Register for the event here. About the Webinar OSEP is hosting the first in a series of webinars focused on ready-to-use resources, tools, and practices from OSEP-funded grantees to support the educational, developmental, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities through remote and distance learning. With the extended school closures occurring across the country, many States, districts, and schools are now delivering i

CEC & DEC - Teaching Young Children with Disabilities Online

We are excited to announce that CEC & DEC are co-offering resources specific to young children and their families. We will bring you Webinars and Quick Takes to support Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education teams. Access the resources here. The first webinar, with Dr. Robin McWilliam and Cami Stevenson, is Assessing & Addressing the Needs of Young Children with Disabilities through Telecommunication. The webinar is available to watch here! The second webinar, led by Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, is Stress Detectives and Safe Harbors: Helping Children Feel Secure. The Stress Detectives webinar is available to watch here! We are offering a unique opportunity for a Live Q&A Sessi

Call for Input: DEC/ITCA Joint Position Statement on Service Coordination in Early Intervention

Members from the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exception Children and IDEA Infant Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA), along with key stakeholders, have developed a Joint Position Statement on Service Coordination in Early Intervention. The purpose of the joint position statement is to elevate the role of Service Coordination in early intervention by describing the beliefs, expertise, roles, and responsibilities of high quality Service Coordinators. The position statement includes recommendations to consider in order to support Service Coordinators to provide the highest quality services. Please click on the following link to download and review the draft statemen

DEC's 2020 Awards Nominations are Now Open

Each year, DEC recognizes members who excel in our field with prestigious awards. Please consider nominating a valued DEC member to receive a 2020 DEC Award to honor and celebrate their contributions. Remember that we rise when we lift others. Please nominate a deserving DEC member! View the Awards Program here. Complete a Nomination here. Thank you, Megan Vinh, DEC President & Awards Committee Co-Chair Amanda Quesenberry, DEC President Elect & Awards Committee Co-Chair DEC Awards Committee

Calm in the Chaos of COVID-19: Helping the Helpers

Join Division for Early Childhood, in partnership with the Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois, on Monday, May 11th, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM EST for this new webinar, presented by Meg Bracco Liebreich, PT and Dr. Benton Johnson. The webinar recording and handout are now available here. Most of us have heard the Mr. Rogers' quote about looking for the helpers when things are scary. Right now, with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic causing social distancing and self-quarantining, the world can feel scary and take a toll on all of us. How do we, as 'helpers' so used to caring for others, help ourselves? This webinar discusses the importance of self-care, especia

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