Policy and Advocacy Team: Call for Team Leader

One of the most powerful tools DEC has is the ability to use our collective voice to advocate for young children with disabilities and their families. To that end, the DEC Policy and Advocacy Team helps to develop DEC’s policy recommendations to ensure that proposed legislation, regulations, and documents from the US Departments of Education and Human Services increase opportunities for all young children including children with disabilities and their families.
The Policy and Advocacy Team functions as a necessary and significant arm of the DEC Executive Office, focusing DEC’s policy and advocacy efforts by working collaboratively with the DEC Executive Office Leadership, the DEC Governmental Relations Consultant, and the Children’s Action Network (CAN) Coordinator. Division for Early Childhoods Teams are officially recognized bodies of DEC members who are supported by the DEC Executive Office. Teams reflect the formal positions of the Division for Early Childhood and participate in developing, maintaining, and evolving strategies and initiatives that are critical and center to supporting DEC’s mission and beliefs.
CAN supports DEC’s mission by encouraging members to take action on legislation and issues that already have been endorsed by DEC/CEC or issues that DEC/CEC have already provided recommendations about. The Governmental Relations Consultant and the Executive Director develop and sustain relationships with national organizations, agencies, and governmental entities.
The Policy and Advocacy Team ensures DEC has a seat at the table with important stakeholders and will provide CAN with the tools needed to engage in effective advocacy. The Team also ensures a proactive stance in the drafting of policy and legislative recommendations and issue briefs; suggests updates to the DEC policy webpages as appropriate; supports the dissemination of policy and advocacy specific information; and assists in planning DEC policy and advocacy events and resources (including policy/advocacy specific actions at the annual national conference).
At this time, DEC is seeking a new Policy and Advocacy Team Leader to continue the important work of planning and supporting DEC policy and advocacy activities.
Source: Division of Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children

NOW HIRING: INTERNS (Obama Foundation)

The Obama Foundation is looking to hire a diverse cohort of passionate, mission-oriented, and qualified interns to serve in our Chicago and D.C. offices. This internship is open to current undergraduate and graduate students who are eligible to work in the United States.

We believe our interns will become some of the world’s most valuable leaders in varying capacities. Our hope is that this internship can provide interns with exposure to diverse models of leadership and practical work experience, especially for those who might not otherwise get them.

The Fall 2018 internship will run for 14 weeks beginning on September 4, 2018 and ending on December 7, 2018. For students on the quarter system, the internship will run from September 17, 2018 to December 21, 2018. Interns will be required to work 40 hours a week in either our Chicago or Washington, D.C. office.

The application opened on April 23, 2018 at 9AM CT and will close on May 14, 2018 at 5PM CT. We will not accept late applications.

If you are a law student interested in an internship in the Office of the General Counsel at the Obama Foundation for the Spring 2019 term, click here.

To ensure you get all the information you need in a timely manner, we encourage you to read our FAQ page before reaching out with questions.

What do interns do?

We are looking for interns who have excellent time management and organizational skills, are strong writers and researchers, and are eager to work in a fast-paced office environment. Interns will play a key role in providing departments at the Obama Foundation with the administrative, logistical, and operational assistance needed to execute their work. To learn more, check out our department descriptions here.

Who can apply?

Current full-time or part-time undergraduate and graduate students eligible to work in the United States are welcome to apply. The Foundation is committed to recruiting a diverse cohort of interns and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, creed, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, ancestry, genetic information, military service, veteran status, or any other protected category under local, state, or federal law. We encourage qualified persons of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please contact us at interns@obama.org if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.

The Foundation will provide interns with a stipend and reimbursements for a portion of the expenses directly related to their internship. Please note the Foundation will not provide relocation or housing assistance.

Completing the application

Please note that as you fill out your application, you will not be able to save your responses or return to them before submitting. If you’d like to take more than one session to work on your answers, please download the Application Worksheet to draft your application responses offline. Please note you will still have to enter your answers into the application before the deadline.

Source: The Obama Foundation

Available at: https://www.obama.org/internship/

Child Development Research Fellowship Program


Closing Date: July 14, 2014

This funding opportunity, originally announced for FY 2013, will be published for FY 2014 competition and award. ACF is funding a cooperative agreement to sponsor the Child Development Research Fellowship that will allow child development professionals from the academic community the opportunity to actively participate in policy-relevant research activities associated with Administration for Children and Families (ACF) programs. The goal of the fellowship program is to expose researchers to a policy environment and thereby to expand and enrich the field’s capacity for policy-relevant research. The program is intended to stimulate the active exchange of child development research and evaluation information directly relevant to ACF programs and to inform the process of developing long-term research and evaluation agendas across the various ACF programs and in the research community at large. The public will benefit from the increased availability of researchers highly skilled and experienced in policy-relevant research and evaluation. Fellows will be able to work on-site in the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) of ACF, or other offices engaged in research on low income children and families, on a full-time basis for a period of one year, with a possible second and third year at the discretion of the grantee, and depending on availability of funds and continued interest of the placement agency. The cooperative agreement will require active partnership between the successful applicant and OPRE.

Source: Office of Head Start

Available at: http://hsicc.cmail1.com/t/ViewEmail/j/AE077DF6A4FE8A1F/2ABD24CF6E74000C0F8C96E86323F7F9

Fred Rogers Center – 2012 Early Career Fellow in Early Literacy

The Fred Rogers Center announces an exciting fellowship opportunity for an early-career educator with an interest in early literacy, children’s literature, technology, and digital media literacy. Through the ECF program, the Fred Rogers Center acts as a catalyst for innovation in media- and technology-based work that advances early childhood development and learning.

In 2012, the ECF in early literacy will work with a team of videographers and an established expert in early childhood education to create a series of videos designed to demonstrate best early literacy and digital media literacy practices, in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC). All videos will be used in a new, national initiative of the Fred Rogers Center. The Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™ is being developed as a virtual community of teachers, home-based providers, and families who will be empowered by compelling technology and media-based resources to provide literacy-rich experiences for children from birth through age 5.  The Early Learning Environment will use entertaining and educational media content to deliver resources, and to encourage interaction, in a variety of engaging ways.

Source: Fred Rogers Center

Available at: http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/about/fellows/2012-early-career-fellow-in-early-literacy/

The George Washington University announces the Leadership for Excellence in Early Achievement and Development (LEEAD) Project

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development is preparing early childhood leaders for 21st Century urban systems reformLeadership for Excellence in Early Achievement and Development (LEEAD) is a 5-year interdisciplinary training project supported by the Department of Education that offers up to 70% tuition funding for 32 aspiring leaders for early intervention and early childhood special education systems. Project LEEAD graduates will earn an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Special Education with a focus in Early Childhood Special Education as well as complete an approved program for administrative licensure in DC and VA.   The 2-year, part-time program is designed to support working professionals by offering face-to-face courses in the evening hours, as well as individualized internship placements. Project LEEAD is uniquely designed to develop the leadership competencies required for high-quality, inclusive, standards-based service delivery for young children with disabilities, particularly:

Data-driven decision making for improved outcomes at the child, family, classroom, program, and system level;

Recruitment and retention of a high-quality workforce within urban programs serving young children with disabilities;

Capacity-building for high-quality inclusive programming through effective professional development that builds knowledge, skills, and dispositions of school/center/program administrators, child care providers, and families; and

Collaborative leadership for mental health programming that transforms adult-child interactions and school climate and supports pro-social skills, self-regulation, and emotional resiliency in children at risk for school failure.

Apply for the 2012-2013 National Head Start Fellowships Program

The Office of Head Start (OHS) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2012-2013 National Head Start Fellowships program are now being accepted. Information about the Fellowships and access to the online application are available on the Head Start Fellowships Program page of the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC). The deadline to submit applications is January 15, 2012.

The National Head Start Fellowships program brings together experienced and dedicated professionals who support OHS in developing and implementing long-term quality improvement initiatives. Through these fellowships, outstanding professionals in the early childhood community have the opportunity to gain first-hand experiences that offer a national perspective into the operations of OHS and other Federal agencies serving children and families. In addition to work assignments, the Fellows take part in professional education and leadership development programs.

The 12-month Fellowships will commence September 1, 2012 and will end on August 31, 2013.

Visit the ECLKC to learn more, and apply by January 15, 2012.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

ZERO TO THREE: Fellowship Program

More than 25 years ago, ZERO TO THREE rose to the challenge of strengthening the nation’s ability to care for infants and toddlers by creating programs designed especially for leaders in the field. The core activity of ZERO TO THREE’s Leadership Development program is the prestigious Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship, which enables professionals to better serve infants and toddlers in three fundamental ways.

The Fellowship promotes a wider flow of knowledge about new advances in science, brings infant-toddler professionals into a professional home where all disciplines are welcome, and broadens professionals’ repertoires of leadership skills for our increasingly complex world. The 260-plus fellows have gone on to develop high-impact programs that improve the lives of infants and young children in communities around the country.

Click here to appy for the 2012 Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship Program.


Available at: http://www.zerotothree.org/about-us/funded-projects/fellowship/