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 >>
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 website:www.devereuxearlychildhood.org. 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: Dmahler@devereux.org 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 Sdamico@devereux.org.
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 www.kaplanco.com)
SpotLight on our Newest Training:
The FLIP IT STRATEGY: Don't FLIP OUT, just FLIP IT!
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 >>
Congratulations to our newest Devereux Recognized Local Program Mentors!
Steve Burke from Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
Exclusive LPM Icebreaker
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 firstname.lastname@example.org