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National Training Sessions

Facing The Challenge: Helping Teachers Better Work with Children Challenging Behaviors Train-the-Trainer Session

DECA for Infants/Toddlers Training

DECA for Preschoolers Training

FLIP IT: Train-the-Trainer Sessions

Useful Resources

Stress Busting Tips

Little Kids, Big Worries:  Stress-Busting Tips for Early Childhood Classrooms, by Alice Sterling Honig.  2010.  Baltimore: Brookes.  This book discusses the signs of a child experiencing stress.  Stress-reducing strategies for children AND adults are provided. 

What is the Age Range for Early Childhood?

A Next Social Contract for the Primary Years of Education, 2010.  In this report, The New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative weighed in on this question, and addressed fostering a more seamless system of care and education.   

Crisis Preparation and Recovery

Preparing for Disaster: What Every Early Childhood Director Needs to Know, by Cathy Grace and Elizabeth F. Shores.  2010.  Baltimore: Gryphon House.

 After the Crisis:  Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope, by Cathy Grace and Elizabeth F. Shores.  2010.  Baltimore:  Gryphon House.

Benefits of Investing in Early Care and Education

The Heckman Equation Project has a Web site featuring Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman's work to better understand the long-term benefits of investing in early care and education for disadvantaged children and their families.

For Early Childhood Policymakers

Social-Emotional Development in Early Childhood

What Every Policymaker Should Know by Janice L. Cooper, Rachel Masi, Jessica Vick. 2009. The National Center for Children in Poverty

This brief outlines the risks faced by young children with social, emotional, and behavioral problems, as well as barriers to eligibility, access to services, and service utilization. The authors conclude by recommending policy improvements needed by young children and their families.

Challenging Behaviors, on NAEYC Radio!

NAEYC and BAM Radio Network have partnered to bring you NAEYC Radio. Rae Pica and Mark Ginsberg host the program that will focus on a different topic each month. The program was developed to bring the best and latest insights on early childhood education directly to parents and educators.  In the latest segment, Dan Gartell explains why some children seem more challenging than others and provides practical tips for dealing with them.

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Q & AQ & A with the DECA Trainers

What guidance does Devereux provide around the number of visits that a home visitor should make before conducting a rating on a child? Answer >>

If you have a non-English speaking child in your program who displays MORE protective factors when interacting with his same language peers, and significantly FEWER protective factors when interacting with his English speaking peers, should you do a DECA based on his interactions with English or native language peers?" Answer >>

DECA Program 

Research Study Shows Social-Emotional Strengths Help Children Do Well in School

 Denver, CO (May 1, 2010) -- Children’s social-emotional competencies are directly related to how well they do in math and reading according to the results of a study presented today at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Denver, Colorado. This research study shows a direct and significant correlation between good mental health and academic performance.

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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
Our Publishing Partner
Kaplan Early Learning Co.

Quarterly Newsletter: Summer 2010

Letter From Our Director 

DECI DirectorAs a grandmother, I enjoy certain rituals with my granddaughter that my son and his wife may not always exactly condone. On a recent visit to my home, I was giving Indie a manicure; gently massaging her tiny hands, carefully painting each finger and, of course, applying little flowers of nail art... Full Story >>

Update on Children’s Early Childhood Mental
Health Awareness Day

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day was May 6, 2010.  We asked readers for stories of inspiration on promoting early childhood mental health in your own programs.  We will highlight submissions over the next several newsletter editions...

Full Story >>

What's New At DECI?

 Newsletter Advisory Board: Next Term Applications being taken now!

We would like to thank the individuals serving on last year’s newsletter advisory board:  Ed Yonamine, Eva Carter, Larry Griffin, Margaret Mobley, Kathy Thornburg, Lori Sheridan and Karen Close.  Their contributions and reviews helped shape our final editions.   We appreciate their dedication! 

If you would like to serve on our Newsletter Advisory Board, please contact Karen Cairone at for more information

New Spanish Resilience Resources

Kaplan and Devereux are excited to announce the availability of the following resources in Spanish.

(1)  Infant and Toddler Record forms
(2)  Un Mundo – Songs of Resilience Music and Manual

Resources available through Kaplan Early Learning Co. (800) 334-2014 or

Devereux Center for Resilient Children- Hiring!!!

Devereux Center for Resilient Children is hiring a Research Assistant.  For more information please contact and title your email “Job Inquiry”. 

We Will Be Presenting at NAEYC in November... Will You Be There?

Let us know if you are attending the NAEYC conference in Anaheim, CA on November 3-6, 2010.  We’d love to meet up and talk resilience!  Email


2010 Professional Development Calendar for DECI Training Events

The 2010 DECI Professional Development calendar is available on our website.  If you have any questions about these events or if you are interested in scheduling a training for your community, email: 

September 27-29, 2010: 2.5-Day Facing the Challenge: Helping Teachers Better Work with Young Children with Challenging Behaviors, Villanova, PA Click Here For More Information

October 4-8, 2010: DECA Program Implementation Training, DECA-C (Clinical) Training, and DECA Local Program Mentor Training, Kansas City, MO Click Here For More Information

October 21-22, 2010: The FLIP IT Strategy Train-the-Trainer Session, San Antonio, TX Click Here For More Information

November 15-18, 2010: DECA for Infants and Toddlers Implementation Training and DECA for Infants and Toddlers Local Program Mentor Training, Newport, KY (suburb of Cincinnati, OH) Click Here For More Information


For questions or to schedule professional development for your local program/community on these or other topics related to promoting the social and emotional development of children and/or adults, please contact Debi Mahler, Professional Development Coordinator, at or (610) 574-6141.



e-DECA Implementation
Submitted by: Bunny Walters, Early Learning Manager for United Way of Snohomish County,
Everett, WA

For over seven years United Way of Snohomish County’s Early Learning Initiative has been working to bring DECA and now DECA-I/T to our early learning community. Child care centers and family child care providers attend training and receive ongoing support to use the Devereux tools.  Full Story>>

SpotLight on Professional Development:
Facing the Challenge:  Helping Teachers Better Work with Children with Challenging Behaviors Train-the-Trainer Session

As we gear up for the start of the school year, many of us may be thinking about the professional development opportunities that we will be responsible for offering to our staff.  So many topics and such little time! Full Story>>

For Fun: "DECA I/T (Infants and Toddlers) Rap"
Submitted by: Bunny Walters, United Way of Snohomish County, WA and Cynthia Defiore, Escabana Head Start, Escanaba, MI

We went to work and we both could see
Our staff needed help with the DECA-I/T

The training was offered and we both signed on
and later today we will all be gone

Full Story >>

"Cool Summer Readings"
Submitted by Nefertiti Bruce, DECI Author/Trainer

For adults and children alike, summertime is a time for relaxing by the pool or ocean, playing outdoors or enjoying long, warm summer nights with friends and family.  For many adults, summertime is also a time to catch up on casual reading.    Full Story >>

LPM News

Congratulations to our newest Devereux Recognized Local Program Mentors!

Sue Bernt, LICSW, Gladstone, Oregon
Angie Moore, LCMFT, RPT, Wichita, KS 

Exclusive LPM Resources:
Log on to the LPM section of the DECI website for exclusive LPM goodies!

With questions about how to become an LPM please contact

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