Ohio DEC

About

The Ohio Division for Early Childhood (ODEC) aims to support those who work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and their families in Ohio.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Ohio Division for Early Childhood is our state’s subdivision of the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.

We would like to increase our connections with undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, and related fields (e.g., Human Development and Family Studies, Speech & Audiology, Occupational and Physical Therapy, and Pediatric Medicine).

MISSION OF DEC
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families. 

OHIO DEC ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Quarterly newsletter

  • Professional Development (e.g., state conference) 

  • Dissemination of DEC Recommended Practices

  • Communication and Outreach


STUDENT VOLUNTEER TASKS:

  • Assisting leadership chairs 

  • Communication (e.g., reaching out to undergraduate and graduate students via email and social media, commenting on social media posts to encourage member interactions, contributing to quarterly newsletter)

  • Membership (e.g. recruiting other student CEC member to be ODEC members)

  • Student connections (e.g. participating at university campus events and organizations on the behalf of ODEC, updating ODEC board regarding campus events and current events to publish in quarterly newsletter)

  • Family connections (e.g.  gathering and summarizing information provided by families for newsletter features or parent panels, locating high quality, family-friendly articles and resources)

  • Higher education connections (Locating research following evidence-based practices to distribute to professionals, reaching out to university and college faculty for conference proposals, newsletter features and disseminating DEC Recommended Practices)

  • Volunteering at conferences (e.g., registration/check-in table, room monitor, etc)

  • Participating in ODEC advocacy and policy activities


INCENTIVES:

  • Volunteer/leadership experience in state-level professional organization (can include in resumé)

  • Transition to officer or leadership position, based on satisfactory performance

  • Recommendation letter from ODEC board member, based on satisfactory performance (Recommendation letter should have a specific recipient and should be for a specific position. We are unable to provide generic letters of recommendation.)

  • Networking with other professionals in the field

  • Mentoring from board member/leadership team - see CEC’s mentoring program description: https://www.cec.sped.org/Membership/CEC-CEC-PD-Mentoring-Program as a guide. 


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Meetings & Events

March 9, 2018

Ohio DEC The DEC REcommended Practices: Moving from Awareness to Implementation 

News

The Ohio Division for Early Childhood would like to thank the The Childhood League Center for their partnership, donations, and hard work to pull off an amazing conference featuring D'athan Rush and M'Lisa Sheldon! We would also like to thank all the volunteers and student presenters for participating at this event! A special shout-out to The Ohio Early Childhood Advisory Council, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, The Ohio State Nisonger Center, Ohio University, and The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education for disseminating resources, handing out freebies, and/or providing a raffle basket. 

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Contact

If you have any questions or want to get involved please contact our Subdivision President, Mariana Mereoiu, mmereoi@bgsu.edu.

 

OHIO DEC BOARD MEMBERS

President:  Mariana Mereoiu, mmereoi@bgsu.edu

President-Elect: Beth Gardner, elizabeth.gardner@osumc.edu

Past-President: Alleiah Keeley, akeeley@kent.edu

Treasurer: Lisa Welsh, LisaW@childhoodleague.org

Secretary: Alicia Mrachko, mrachka@bgsu.edu

Secretary-Elect: Vacant

Communication Co-Committee Members: Sara Marker, markerse@live.com, Lisa Handyside, dmlisa@bgsu.edu

Membership Chair: Vacant

Professional Development Chair: Deanna Kropf, Deanna.Kropf@osumc.edu

Family Connections Co-Chairs: Kim Travers, ktraver2@kent.edu

Student Connections: Vacant

University Connections Chair: Kim Christensen, kchris@bgsu.edu

CAN Coordinator: Jen Newton, newtonj@ohio.edu

 
 
 

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