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YOU ARE INVITED to join (or renew your membership) in the premier professional organization for anyone working in early intervention or early childhood special education! The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) - the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. DEC is especially for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families.

Illinois DEC is YOUR professional community.

The benefits of “Engaging In A Professional Community” include:

• Join or renew before November 30, 2011, and receive $10 off of your Professional level membership. Please use the special membership form included with this information. OR if joining online/on the phone mention DECMC2011 to get the reduced membership fee. Be sure to mark IL DEC!!

• When you join, be sure to sign up for both CEC and the Division for Early Childhood

• Other membership levels are available: Premier, Student, Associate (family members), Joint, Retired. All levels offer great value. Visit: dec-sped.org">Click Here, go to Join Now, link to CEC membership forms.

• DEC/CEC members receive four professional journals 4 – 6 issues of each/year: Young Exceptional Children, the Journal of Early Intervention, Exceptional Children, and Teaching Exceptional Children.

• As of Oct. 30, 2011, Illinois DEC has 203 members. Help us raise that number to 250! We can do more for our members when we have a STRONGER voice!!

• Illinois DEC is one of the largest and most active DEC subdivisions in the nation. Join an energetic group of fun people with big dreams for ALL young children.

• Illinois DEC members receive a discount off of their registration fee for Sharing A Vision, Illinois’ leading professional development conference.

• Illinois DEC members are involved in policy and advocacy at a community, state and national level. Examples of recent advocacy/testimony/policy-building topics: Early Childhood Outcomes, Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge, Bilingual Preschool Rules and Regulations, budget appropriations.

• Each year, members receive $100 off their DEC conference registration if they join before registering.

• Faculty members and others seeking to advance their careers can review conference proposals, serve on a state or national committee, or serve on a journal editorial board—membership is required for these valuable service activities.

• Student members value the opportunity to interact with leading researchers (and other students around the country) in discussion forums, in committees, and at professional meetings.

• Special Interest Groups (i.e., Early Intervention) provide a great connection for members with common interests. Members benefit by identifying colleagues for collaboration on research, practice, and problem-solving.

• As a professional community, DEC provides the opportunity to network and interact with others who share our passion for supporting young children and their families.

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Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Phone:  800-701-0995
Fax:  309-298-3066
Email: providerconnections@wiu.edu

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