Policy and Advocacy

As the premier international organization dedicated to young children with exceptionalities and their families, the Division for Early Childhood (DEC), a subdivision of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), is uniquely positioned to gather member and community input. This collective voice sends a strong message to political leadership and other stakeholders regarding proposed, amended, existing, and/or new legislation and regulations that have the potential to impact the children and families served through early intervention and early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) as well as the professionals that serve them.


DEC provides members with access to numerous advocacy and political involvement opportunities such as


Through each of these avenues, and together with the Governmental Relations Consultant, DEC has the power to motivate non-political stakeholders to political and legislative action and to pave the way to the improvement of systems-level issues including the funding, implementation, and accessibility of services in EI/ECSE. From the Legislative Action Center to the weekly Policy Insider Blog, we have the tools to teach our members about policy, create dialogue with policymakers, and energize a network of members around the globe. 

New DEC Policy and Advocacy Committee Structure