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Welcome! The Division for Early Childhood (DEC)  of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 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.  DEC Collaborate provides parents and professionals an online format to facilitate discussions and resource sharing through a library.

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1. Login (DEC Members) OR Create an account (New Non-Members). 
2. Adjust your subscription settings. 
3. Join a Community. DEC Members are automatically members of the DEC Community.
Anyone can join DEC Communities of Practice

4. Start collaborating - post a messagebrowse current discussions to share your expertise, and search library entries.

Rules for Posting

What's okay to post?

  1. Discussion posts with requests for resources, resource recommendations, free event recommendations, etc.
  2. Job posts on the DEC Community (this is a DEC member benefit!). If you are not a DEC member, please visit the Career Center to post your job listing! 
  3. Research requests that have been approved by the DEC Research Committee. Submit your research request here for the committee to review! 

Read the full rules for posting to DEC Collaborate here.

Latest Discussions

  • Posted in: DEC Community

    Hello Anna, That's a wonderful idea to have a month celebration! There are many resources available on the Infant Mental Health Community of Practice webpage as well as from Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA). Here are the links: https://www.dec-sped.org/infantmentalhealthcop ...

  • Posted in: DEC Community

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is hiring! College of Education: Open-Rank Professor -- Early Childhood Literacy College of Education: Open-Rank Professor in Special Education Associate or Full Professor, HDFS and Director of CDL Assistant/Associate or Full Professor, HDFS ...

  • Posted in: DEC Community

    Early Intervention Community of Practice Open Forum Friday, August 11th, 2023, 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time - Register here. This event will be a free-form discussion about topics that are foremost in your mind. Share your questions and celebrations with your peers and brainstorm ...

  • Posted in: DEC Community

    Hi Vicki, Yes, we were able to find them. I hope you are having a great summer. Patti Blasco

  • Posted in: DEC Community

    Brainstorming Equity in Research Thursday, July 20, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time Register here. Come join the Research Community of Practice as we brainstorm equity in research. The purpose of this session is to share ideas and determine an equity in research related focus for out ...

  • Posted in: DEC Community

    Three crosswalks have been developed as resources for higher education faculty, professional development providers and others in the ECE and EI/ECSE field. Crosswalk of the ECE and EI/ECSE Standards - This crosswalk was developed collaboratively between the Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC), ...

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