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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

Addressing Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenges through Play: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation >>

National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) New Report: Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood: What Every Policymaker Should Know >>

The Inner Resilience (IR) Program from the New England Network for Child, Youth & Family Services >>

Research Synthesis on Infant Mental Health and Early Care and Education Providers >>

Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning: A Relationship-Based Approach, 2nd Edition >>
Q & AQ & A with the DECA Trainers

What is DECI’s recommendation about using the DECA with a child with Autism, or, any spectrum delay? Answer >>
Fall ActivitiesFall Activities to Promote Protective Factors

Have children select a leaf (or another object in nature) that reminds them of each family member. Talk about how they feel when they are having fun with that person, and ask them to share some of the good times they have had together (AT). Then, have the children use their patience and helping hands to share materials to make their leaves into a family collage (SC). Use glue, construction paper, and any other art supplies you want! Have the children use their imagination to “label” each family member in their own way (IN). Thank you to Wrightstown Friends Nursery School in Penns Park, PA for this idea! More >>
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
Going to NAEYC in Washington, D.C. on November 17-21, 2009?
DECI is planning a gathering and celebration at the NAEYC conference for all friends of the DECI and the newly established Devereux Center for Resilient Children. Full Story >>

Infant, Toddler & Preschool Web-based Assessment Solution: e-DECA 2.0
e-DECA 2.0 is the new web-based assessment solution that offers the infant, toddler and preschool assessments all in one database. For programs that may be considering transitioning from paper to an online assessment solution, e-DECA 2.0 makes the transition easy! Full Story >>

DECA-Clinical (DECA-C) Webinar
Paul LeBuffe, author of the Devereux assessments, will be conducting a webinar on the DECA-C, a standardized, norm-referenced behavior rating scale that evaluates behaviors related to social and emotional resilience and concerns in preschool children ages two through five. Full Story >>

2010 Professional Development Calendar for DECI Training Events

The 2010 National Training Calendar has been finalized. In partnership with our Regional Training and Mentor Centers, the DECI is able to offer numerous events in various cities across the country. Full Story >>

Did your program switch from using the Paper Version of the DECA to the e-DECA? We will be featuring a program’s journey and successes from using paper DECAs to using the e-DECA in an upcoming newsletter. If you’d like your program to be featured, please contact
Letter From Our Director
As I prepared to write this letter, the news was full of stories about our nation’s lack of “civility”. The word “bullying” came to my mind on more than one occasion. The outburst during the President’s recent Congressional address and the incident at the MTV Video Music Awards were among the most widely reported, but sadly, I am confident that your local news was full of equally disturbing incidents. Full Story >>
Survey Monkey Results on DECI’s Communication Efforts

Thank you to those who completed DECI’s survey on how to improve our communication efforts. The percentages below indicate the communication methods that 281 respondents felt would be helpful and worthwhile for DECI. Highlights include >>
Contest of the Quarter
Share your Protective Factor-Building Activities and Win DECI Goodies!

Have you created a fun activity that promotes initiative, attachment, and/or self-control? Would you like to share your idea with others AND have the chance to win DECI goodies? In 200 words (or less), please describe your activity. Photos of the activity are encouraged, but please be sure to obtain parental permission to share a child’s images with others. The DECI team will vote on the winners!

Deadline for submissions: Nov 15, 2009
Where to send submissions:

Winners with be announced in our Winter Newsletter. All submissions and authors will be listed on our website!
Healthy Minds/ Healthy Futures: South Australian Child Resilience Study
Submitted by: Dr Lauren Miller-Lewis

Healthy Minds/Healthy Futures is a research study using a ‘strengths-based’ approach to examine the mental health and resilience of a cohort of young children from the state of South Australia. Funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, and Australian Rotary Health, this research project was designed and conducted by a collaborative multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Adelaide and the Health and Education government departments in South Australia. Full Story >>
LPM News

Congratulations to our newest Devereux Recognized Local Program Mentors!

Angel Toyota-Sharpe, Silver City, New Mexico
Mary Hokom, Silver City, New Mexico
Catherine Benton, Salisbury, Maryland
Melanie Krevits, Renton, Washington
Maryteresa Tracy, MS Ed, Austin, Texas
Kathleen Strasbourg, Renton, Washington
Carrie Morris, Renton, Washington
Leslie Mann, Ontario Canada

LPM Suggestion of the Quarter: Check out these resource books!
Learn More >>
Special Thank You to:

  • Newsletter Advisory Member, Margaret Mobley, Healthy Social Behaviors Initiative/Child Care Resources Inc., who offered many wonderful suggestions for this newsletter.
  • DECI Team member and our graphic designer, Rachel Sperry, for giving the DECA kid icons more fun things to do!
  • DECI Team member, Debi Mahler, for all her resource ideas and work on the training events.
It is our readers and team that help make this resource meaningful and useful. Keep the good ideas coming!
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