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Winter 2016 Newsletter by Jennie Long


DeVos Nomination Delay Letter

CEC and DEC have created a letter suporting the delay in DeVos' Nomination as Secretary of Education. Please feel free to modify the letter below which KDEC President, Tammy Wallin adapted from the CEC website and send to your legislator. (Link no longer active.)

Register for the KDEC Conference


Connecting the Brain and the Heart is the title of this year's KDEC conference. Registration for the 35th Annual Kansas Division for Early Childhood Conference is open. This year's conference is March 2-3, 2017 at the Double Tree by Hilton, Wichita Airport. (Registration is now closed.)

KOTA OT-CEU's and KASHA, ASHA, CEU's will be offered!

KDEC Member Appointed as DEC Ambassador Phoebe Rinkel, early childhood special educatoe an longtime KDEC member, was chosen to serve as one of the 16 "ambassadors" to spearhead the use of the new DEC Recommended Practices (RPs) for the care and education of infants and young children with disabilities. Joan Hanaher, associate director of the ECTA Cente, explained that the ambassadors will serve as an extension of the center, disseminating information about new products and tools that have been created to promote the application of sRPs in everyday routines and settings by practitioners and families. Phoebe will be sharing information about her new role and resources from the suite of products available to promote the RPs at the upcoming KDEC Conference in Wichita. Phoebe has worked with infamts and preschoolers with special needs, their families, and the adults who support them for more than 30 years. Currently she is working as early childhood instructional specialist for Shawnee Mission School District and can be reached by email at phoeberinkle@smsd

The Children's Initiative Fund

the Children's Initiative Fund (CIF) is a cornerstone for funding Kansas' early care and education. Governor Sam Brownback indicated on Wednesday that the elimination of the Children's Initiatives Fund and the sale of its revenue source to the highest bidder is his preferred option for filling the 300-million-dollar budget gap that Kansas now faces. By clicking on the link at the end of this paragraph, you can find who your legislaor is to send an email and support Early Care and Education in Kansas! Kansas Action for Children: Shaping policy that puts children first

Please Welcome our Newest CAN Coordinator!

Meet Kris Pederson

Kris Pederson

I am thrilled to step into the position as your new Children's Action Network (CAN) Coordinator and Partnership Liaison. Advocacy has been a passion of mine for many years, as I firmly believe every effort, no matter how small, can make a difference in the lives of others. We all have the power to advocate individaully, but we are much stronger together! In the words of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, "The power one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the pwoer of many working together is better." We are all capable of doing and accomplishing great things, together!

To share a little bit about who I am and the focus of my professional work, I am a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing at the University of Kansas. My clinical work and research focuses on evidence-based early intervention practices. I have worked as an SLP and Coordinator of Northeast Kansas Infant-Toddler Services for most of my career. I am currently completing my Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology with a focus on early intervention practices and collaborative service delivery. My advocacy experience the past few years includes serving on the Executive Board of the Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association where I am currently Past-President.

I am passionate about the services we provide to young children and families and about the relationships we have with each other in our communities. I look forward to coordinating our efforts in Kansas so we have a strong collective voice for the children and families in our communities across the state.

DEC 2017 Call for Proposals

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exception Children invites you to submit a proposal for DEC 2017, the 33rd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families. Proposals are due by midnight January 31, 2017. This year's theme is Mountains of Opportunities: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the New Millennium. DEC is looking for proposals that demonstrate meaningful, effective and sustainable collaborations across research, policy and practice to increase learning opportunities for every child, family and community through everyday routines and interactions. The 2017 DEC conference will be held October 4-6, 2017 in Portannd, OR. You may submit your proposal at

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