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Steps taken to transform early education



The president of the ACCDN, Michael Ayala Carrión, and the secretary of DE, Yanira Raíces Vega, formalized a MOU to transform transform early education and care for children with disabilities on the island.

By The Star Staff


The Association of Child Care and Development Centers (ACCDN) and the Puerto Rico Department of Education (DEPR) have taken a significant step toward transforming early education and care for children with disabilities on the island.


The president of the ACCDN, Michael Ayala Carrión, and the secretary of the PRDE, Yanira Raíces Vega,formalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the aim of improving and strengthening these services with the presence of the deputy administrator of ACUDEN, Lcda. Amy Vega.


Michael Ayala Carrión expressed his enthusiasm for this important achievement: “This agreement is a step forward in our mission to ensure that every child in Puerto Rico has access to quality early education and inclusive care. We are committed to working hand-in-hand with the Department of Education to implement this MOU that will not only benefit children with disabilities, but also strengthen all of the early childhood care and development centers we represent.”


For her part, Yanira Raíces Vega highlighted the importance of the agreement for the education system: “I appreciate this agreement that helps us with the population that we will be serving in our schools. For our Special Education program, it will be very useful in managing diagnoses and providing services to children once they enter the system. We are going to strengthen collaboration with the professionals we have in the Department.”


The co-directors of the IMPULSA working group, Sandra Miranda and Mariana Sierra, also shared their perspectives on the relevance of this collaboration. Sandra Miranda commented: “Our work in the IMPULSA group has been fundamental in reaching this agreement. Through this MOU, we can ensure greater inclusion and best practices in our centers, which will result in a direct and positive impact on the lives of our children.” Mariana Sierra added, “This agreement is the result of an intensive collaborative effort and reflects our ongoing commitment to improvement and innovation in child care. We are excited to see how these new policies and practices translate into tangible benefits for our children and their families.”


Dr. Noelia Cortés, Undersecretary of Special Education, highlighted interagency cooperation as key to the success of the agreement: “The collaboration between the Association of Child Care and Development Centers and the Department of Education is a model to follow. Together, we are setting a precedent for how educational and related services should be managed and optimized for our children with special needs.”


This agreement enters into force immediately upon official signature and will run until June 30, 2025, with the possibility of renewal or amendment upon request and by mutual agreement of the parties.

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