The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is a national, non-profit membership organization designed for individuals who work with, or on behalf of, children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families. Founded in 1973, DEC is dedicated to promoting policies and practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of children. Children with special needs include those who have disabilities, developmental delays, are gifted/talented, and are at risk of future developmental problems.
The Maine DEC (MDEC) has been recognized by the Division for Early Childhood as a subdivision. This is the home for the Maine subdivision of DEC and provides information on:
MDEC's informational links with a link to information on laws in the state of Maine, information about the changes made most recently in IDEA and information about a featured website for the month
Read minutes from our meetings
MDEC's list of officers
NEW Maine DEC brochures
Maine DEC brochure (PDF)
Maine DEC brochure (html)
constitution and bylaws
a library with listings of children's books which deal with disability issues, as well as links to other sites with book listings
information about MDEC committees
Would you like to be added to the MDEC list serve? The list serve is a means by which people can alert one another to information related to our field. If you would like to be added, please contact Tina Cannon. You do not need to be a member of the Division for Early Childhood to belong to the list serve.
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