Category Archives: U.S. Congress

70% of Americans Favor Federal Funds for Preschool Expansion

A new Gallup poll shows that 7 in 10 Americans say they favor using federal money to make sure high-quality preschool programs are available for every child in the country. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to fund universal access … Continue reading

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DEC Kicks Off Early Learning Campaign at Conference this Week

DEC in collaboration with CEC announces its campaign for support of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act and increased funding for Early Childhood IDEA programs today.  Increasing access to and opportunities for high-quality early learning is one of the … Continue reading

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Continuing Appropriations Resolution Passed for FY 2015

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Senate passed H.J.Res.124 – Continuing AppropriationsResolution, 2015 that authorizes appropriations for FY 2015 through December 11, 2014 at the FY 2014 enacted levels and clears it for the President’s signature.    The lame duck Congress … Continue reading

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Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundations Announces Public Policy Fellowship

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking exemplary professionals, and/or persons experiencing disability and/or family members of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are currently working or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people … Continue reading

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Tell Your Senators to Advance International Disability Treaty; Your Advocacy Needed TODAY!

Here's how to advocate for individuals with disabilities across the globe in only 2 minutes:  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee marked up the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an international treaty that protects the human … Continue reading

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It’s August….Do You Know Where Your Members of Congress Are?!

They’re at home, having recently returned for a five week recess from Washington, DC! And for CEC advocates, it’s time to go to work!  Your mission is simple: schedule meetings with your elected officials at their district office anytime from now … Continue reading

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CRPD Passes through Foreign Relations Committee and Moves to Senate Floor

On Tuesday, July 22, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed on a 12-6 vote,  The Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Two years ago the treaty passed in a similar voting style 13-6. Along with the full … Continue reading

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$250 Million for New Federal Early Childhood, Preschool Program Must Support Children with Disabilities, CEC Says

Last month, when Congress approved funding for the U.S. Department of Education, it established a new $250 million program to focus on expanding high-quality early learning opportunities, but lawmakers were light on the details of the program. This week, CEC … Continue reading

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Senate, House Education Committees Address Early Education

Earlier this month, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) and House Education and Workforce Committee both held hearings focusing on high-quality early education, a priority of the Obama Administration which the President highlighted in his last … Continue reading

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Over 130 Lawmakers Urge President Obama to Increase IDEA Funding in 2015 Budget; Join CEC’s Advocacy for a Greater Investment in IDEA

Every budget, whether it’s for the federal government, a local school district, or your family, reflects priorities.  But, recent budget proposals put forth by President Obama – and his predecessors – have yielded few, if any, increases for IDEA’s programs, … Continue reading

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