About Us

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is one of seventeen divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational 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.

The Division for Early Childhood promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.

DEC is an international community of professionals and family members all working together to support the development of young children with special needs and to create a system of support for all young children and their families. 

Our members include:

  • Early intervention specialists

  • Early childhood special educators

  • Parents

  • Early Childhood professionals working in preschool, childcare, and Head Start Programs

  • Researchers

  • Administrators

  • High education faculty

  • Healthcare professionals

  • Occupational, physical and speech therapists

  • Social workers

  • Psychologists

  • and you!

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About the MN DEC

The Minnesota Division for Early Childhood (MN DEC) is a statewide membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and other special needs.

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