The Executive Board of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children would like to express our thanks to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education for the development of guidance and recommendations focusing on family engagement in young children’s development and learning. Given the central focus of DEC is to promote policies and advance practice for young children with disabilities and their families, these recommendations are key to the successful delivery of high quality educational and early intervention services. Furthermore, it is DEC’s opinion that the draft statement is well done and contains exceedingly valuable information for the field. With this in mind, we offer the following feedback for your consideration.
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