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National Training Sessions

DECA Program Implementation (Preschool)

DECA-C Clinical (Preschool)

Local Program Mentor (Preschool)

DECA for Infants/Toddlers Implementation

DECA for Infants/Toddlers Local Program Mentor

Building Your Bounce, Building Their Bounce: Promoting Resilience in Adults and Children

Facing the Challenge of Challenging Behaviors:  Train-The-Trainer Session (Preschool)

NEW! – The FLIP IT Strategy: Train-the-Trainer Session (Preschool and beyond!)

NEW! 4-Hour Webinar on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) (School-Age)

Useful Resources

Emotional and Behavorial Development Paves the Way to Achievement >>

Investment in Preschool is Still the Best Bet >>

Indicators for Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood: Guide for Local Stakeholders >>

Establishing Core Competencies >>

Tips of Nurturing Your Child's Social and Emotional Development >>

Great Website for Parents: Search Institute's MVP Site for Parents >>

Q & AQ & A with the DECA Trainers

What is an easy way to help my staff remember the three DECA Protective Factors, particularly when just introducing the program and trying to get them excited!  Answer >>

DECA Program 


Family Service of Morris County, New Jersey

Family Service of Morris County’s (FSMC) STEP-by-Step child care team provides services to 12 child care centers and Head Start programs serving 800 children and their families.  Our trans-disciplinary team of early childhood specialists and social workers provides on-site technical assistance, training, and parental support. 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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Letter From Our Director
Happy New Year!  Many of us are hopeful that 2010 will bring greater prosperity to our communities, families and children.  These are difficult times for so many, and yet, often this time of year--- with new beginnings and fresh starts--- brings hope and confidence.  Full Story >>


What's New

Stories of Delight 

We hope that you will join us in our New Year’s Resolution to find true delight in a child as often as you possibly can in 2010.  Share a story of delight that you believe will make others laugh, cry, or just feel good!  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 considering transitioning from paper to an online assessment solution, e-DECA 2.0 makes the transition easy!  Full Story >>

Webinars: DECA-Infant/Toddler & Devereux Student Strengths Assessment

To learn more about the DECA for Infants and Toddlers (DECA-I/T) through a 1-hour recorded webinar from author, Mary Mackrain, visit the DECI  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. The full calendar is available on pages 5-6 of this newsletter.  If you have any questions about these events or if you are interested in scheduling a training for your community, email:  View the Calendar >>

New DECA Research Study:  Psychometric Properties of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment in a Head Start Sample

Recently, John S. Carlson and My T. Lien conducted this research study involving over 1200 children in Michigan.  Overall, the psychometric properties of the DECA for this Head Start sample provide additional support for its inclusion within the mental health services provided to Head Start populations.  Full Story >>

Tired of sharpening your pencils?  If you have questions about the e-DECA 2.0, please contact Susan Damico

What a wonderful past 10 Years it has been!  Some DECI facts and figures from the past decade…

Programs Reached:  Over 4,000

Professionals Reached:  Over 26,000

Children’s Lives Touched: Over 2 million

We are so excited for what the next 10 years will bring!

Are You Building Your OWN Bounce?

Try this Strategy for a More Resilient You!

Remember, you cannot change others, you can only change yourself!  You have limited time each day and need to prioritize what is important.  Take a few moments to list a few things you really enjoy and that you want to continue to do.  Now, list a few things that you need to stay involved with, but have aspects that could be delegated.  Finally, list a few things for which you need to say “no” – either because they are too consuming, or no longer a priority.  Doing this will help you stay focused, and maximize your strong Initiative!

Taken from Building Your Bounce, a DECI resource to help adults reflect and plan for building their own resilience (available through Kaplan

SpotLight on our Newest Training: 


It’s the middle of the school year, and perhaps, you, like many others in the field of early education, are looking for some new and fresh ideas for supporting children with challenging behaviors.  We are pleased to announce a new resource, developed by Rachel Sperry of the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative, called, The FLIP IT Strategy!  Full Story >>

LPM News

Congratulations to our newest Devereux Recognized Local Program Mentors!

Steve Burke from Lindsay, Ontario, Canada

Exclusive LPM Icebreaker Resources

Celebrity Match is great for an icebreaker or useful in forming pairs or small groups during training.  

Pick Pocket is a fun training activity, especially if you have people on your team who carry everything with them, EXCEPT the kitchen sink!

To get details on these icebreakers, log on to the LPM section of the DECI website and look under the “For Training” section.

With questions about how to become an LPM please contact

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