New OSEP Fast Fact: Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities

In 2018-2019, 409,315 infants and toddlers, birth through age 2, with disabilities and their families received early intervention services under IDEA Part C. OSEP's new Fast Fact: Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities takes a closer look at what the data tells us about this population. For this Fast Fact, OSEP presents data from the data collections authorized under IDEA Section 618 on Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities who receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Data presented includes that collected through Part C child count, settings, and exiting data collections. OSEP Fast Facts is an ongoing effort to display data from the 12 data collections authorized under IDEA S

Key Considerations for Special Educators and Their Students as Schools Reopen

Dear Members, Educational institutions and programs across the country are assessing the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic at the local level and implementing strategies to reopen in the fall. We hope these schools and organizations are consulting with you⁠—the professionals dedicated to the success of infants, children, and youth with exceptionalities—in developing these plans. To assist you in advocating for the special education community's needs, CEC has drafted a set of considerations for reopening. We hope these suggestions can help guide you in the conversation and ensure that special education needs are taken into consideration to ensure a smooth and healthy reopening. These con

The DEC 2020 Conference is Going Virtual!

The 36th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families, originally scheduled for October 20-23, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN, will now be virtual! Due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, the DEC Executive Board and DEC Executive Office feel the move to virtual is the best path to assure the safety and well-being of our attendees. Please release the original dates and watch for exciting news as we reimagine this year's conference. We will be connecting soon with those who have submitted sessions to discuss possibilities! We are especially excited about the opportunity to bring the conference to those who may not have been able to previously at

DEC Message About Racism and Inequity

In solidarity with the CEC statement on Race and Inequity, DEC stands with its members and community. As an organization, we acknowledge systemic racism exists. In the past several weeks, new violence against Black people has been recorded and shared widely, exposing long held injustices in our society. The recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the countless others before them have confirmed the divide in our collective psyche regarding race. We also recognize that many of our members are processing what recent events mean for their work and the systems and institutions rooted in racism. The DEC Priority Issues Agenda identifies overcoming bias as a key priority f

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