Welcome to the Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood (WDEC)!
The mission of the WDEC is to support individuals who work with children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families.
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WDEC Facebook page
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CESA #4 website
CESA #4 Facebook page
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DPI EC Page
Act Early Wisconsin
DPI 4K Community Approaches
The Waisman Center
Preschool Options Project
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards
Response to Intervention for Preschool
Disability is Natural
Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
Center for the Developing Child-Harvard
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Meetings & Events
December 2016/January 2017
Message from the WDEC President:
Happy New Year 2017!!
It is my hope that 2017 will be an excellent year of service, advocacy, and personal fulfillment. While individual people approach life in many unique ways, most squirm when we consider the ideas of NEW things or the process of CHANGE. Many say “I like change, I just don’t like the process of change.” This is true because CHANGE and NEW things generally bring challenge, adjustment, and sometimes cause a whole storm of additional NEW things and further CHANGE. As we begin a season of CHANGE and NEW initiatives and leaders, let us remember why we do what we do, rather than focus on the sometimes unpleasant process of change. By doing what matters, we change the world in a positive way.
The families in Wisconsin need our support and advocacy. The children need high-quality care and experiences that will promote positive social relationships, new knowledge and skills, and acquire skills and supports needed to be able to be more independent and engaged in their natural environments. Our colleagues need positive collaboration efforts and a safe place to carry out their work. We are the ones that can help all of these needs to be met with care and compassion. Hallmark, after over 100 years of advertising using the tagline “When you care enough to send the very best…” has begun a new branding process that I believe encapsulates who we are and what we do as early childhood special and regular educators, child care providers, and support teams.
Hallmark says “When you care enough to lend a hand, make a difference, lift a spirit, or speak up, you can change the world!!” http://explore.hallmark.com/careenough/
I hope you find inspiration and encouragement in the following re-phrased Hallmark statements.
As individual members of the Wisconsin Division of Early Childhood you can change our world because:
When you care enough to Lend a Hand to families and children with delays and disabilities you can change the world
When you care enough to Speak Up for the rights of young children and service providers of early intervention and special education services you can change the world
When you care enough to Make a Difference by being the very best teacher, service provider, advocate, and person that you be, you can change the world
When you care enough to Lift a Spirit of colleagues, family members, support staff, and children who are having a rough time, and you can change the world
So, while we will be heading into a lot of NEW and CHANGING expectations and experiences over the course of 2017, I encourage you to care enough to change the world instead of letting external CHANGE processes make changes in us.
Cathy Thorsen, WDEC President
Associate Professor UW-Eau Claire
Chairperson—Department of Special Education
Unified Early Childhood Program
Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Academic Director
We all know someone (or a team) who truly goes "above and beyond" in the field of early childhood. The Wisconsin Early Childhood Association and the Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood would like YOU to take 5-minutes to nominate a deserving person/team for an Above & Beyond Award in one of the following categories:
EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER OF THE YEAR,
EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER OF THE YEAR,
OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD,
STUDENT TEACHER OF THE YEAR,
OUTSTANDING PARTNER IN EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION,
COLLABORATIVE TEAM OF THE YEAR
Complete this easy online Google nomination form HERE: https://goo.gl/9MryOT
Category descriptions are linked on the nomination form under Nomination Award Type. Award winners will be honored at the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) Annual Conference in October.
Nominations are open until September 2nd.
Thank you! 👏
WDEC/WECA Planning Committee