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National Training Sessions

DECA for Infants & Toddlers Training

Facing the Challenge Train-the-Trainer

DECA Program for Preschoolers Training

The FLIP IT Strategy Train-the-Trainer
Useful Resources

Preparing Teachers of Young Children: The Current State of Knowledge, and a Blueprint for the Future from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) >>

The Spring 2009 issue of Early Childhood Research & Practice is filled with useful articles to benefit those in the field >>

Child Care Aware® Parent Network: The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) new online network to support high-quality child care >>

School Readiness Interactive - A New Web-Based, Interactive Learning Tool >>

Focusing on Peers: The Importance of Relationships in the Early Years, by Donna S. Wittmer >>
Q & AQ & A with the DECA Trainers

My staff are not sure how to define the frequency terms used to rate the DECA items including Rarely, Occasionally, Frequently, etc... Can you help us come up with a system that we all can use? Answer >>

How do you address and work with teaching staff who are clearly rating the children in a more positive light than is the reality of their behavior? We call this the “halo effect”; wanting not to appear as if they can’t handle the behaviors they are facing. Answer >>
Share Your Ideas

Share your great ideas with others around the nation and get free goodies as a Thank You! Send your articles, questions and resources to Karen Cairone at
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What's New
Web-based assessment solution: Announcing e-DECA 2.0
Available in August, e-DECA 2.0 is a web-based assessment solution that offers the infant, toddler and preschool assessments all in one database. Full Story >>

Devereux Center for Resilient Children
With the launch of the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), Devereux's continuum of resilience assessments now extends well beyond the early childhood years. Full Story >>

Songs of Resilience in SOUTH AFRICA!Songs of Resilience in SOUTH AFRICA!
The air is filled with children’s shouts in a fast paced soccer game and with the sound of penny whistles playing “I Can Do it!” That’s what National Youth Day celebrations sounded like this June 16 in Mamelodi, South Africa. Full Story >>

Research of interest…

A structured observation of behavioral self-regulation and its contribution to kindergarten outcomes.

By Ponitz, Claire Cameron; McClelland, Megan M.; Matthews, J. S.; Morrison, Frederick J. Developmental Psychology. Vol 45(3) May 2009, 605-619.
Letter From Our Director
As I write this letter, it seems hard to believe that another school year has come and gone and we are preparing for the 2009-2010 year. While I love the warm summer days, I am hard pressed to say that summer brings a quieter, more relaxing work schedule. Full Story >>
Reader Recommendation of the Month
Thank you Linda Wyckoff of Menands, New York

Set of 4 Children’s Books: Everybody Feels... Angry, Happy, Scared and Sad, by Jane Bingham

“These books are wonderful, and we have been recommending them to teachers and families alike. The books are designed to help young children understand and cope with new and often bewildering situations and the feelings that they experience. They include a section at the end of the book for both parents and teachers.”

Question of the Quarter
How does your program reach out to families to help them understand and get excited about resilience, protective factors, and the DECA Program?

Responses should be 300 words or less and may include a photo, if you wish. One response will be highlighted in our next newsletter, and you AND your program will receive a special thank you gift!

Send responses via email to
Deadline is August 15, 2009.
Just For Fun
Food for Thought

Just for Fun - Food for ThoughtOne of the most challenging aspects of working in early learning can be family engagement. As the mom of a four year old, it seems our lives are packed from the moment we get up until we go to bed. As an advocate for early learning I want to be involved in my son’s center, yet there are days when just dropping him off and signing him in can be a task in and of itself. Fortunately his school finds creative ways to engage families around their curriculum as well as the DECA Program. Full Story >>
LPM News

Congratulations to our newest Devereux Recognized Local Program Mentors!

Beverly Sweet, Bradenton, FL
Leslie Mann, Lindsay Ontatio Canada
Linda Kline, Newfield, NY
Catheryn Wold, Behtel, Alaska
Kurt Karis, Eastlake, Ohio
Trish Bucholtz, Peterborough, Ontario

LPM Suggestion of the Quarter: DECA Program Strategy Cards!
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