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National Training Sessions- 2010

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October is Bullying Prevention Month

The Committee for Children offers activities to help teach children friendship-making skills, as well as surveys to gauge perception of bullying in your school.

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children and Their Families

The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program, administered through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), funds systems of care, a community-based service delivery model that promotes positive mental health outcomes for children and their families.
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Census Reports More Children Living in Poverty: Implications for Well-being: Child-Trend Data

Both the number of children in poverty and the child poverty rate increased between 2008 and 2009 according to the U.S. Census Bureau which just released new national estimates of poverty.
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Radio Segment Discusses Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Very Young Children Source: BAM Radio

BAM Radio, an education radio network providing programs from the nation's top education organizations and thought leaders, recently featured a discussion on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in very young children. In the segment, experts Dr. Patricia Van Horn, Susan J. Grosse and Susan Sawyers provide information on how to identify possible PTSD in young children and guidance on what to do if a child is thought to be affected. It can be accessed at

New Fundraising Resource: Not Just Small Change: Fund Development for Early Childhood Programs

This new fundraising guide was written specifically for early childhood programs by a veteran early childhood fundraiser, Roberta Bergman.  The practical resource provides advice on whom to ask (and keep asking) for money, building the donor base, developing relationships with your donors, grant writing, and more!

Can Preschoolers Be Depressed?

Parenting author Pamela Paul attempts to answer that question in this weekend's New York Times Magazine. Among her sources are Joan Luby, professor of child psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine; Daniel Klein, professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook; and Arnold Sameroff, developmental psychologist at the University of Michigan's Center for Human Growth and Development. Luby is one of the first researchers to systematically study the criteria for preschool depression. Diagnosing it in children so young is controversial.

Research: Youngest Kids Get Mislabeled with ADHD

Two recent studies point to a tendency for the youngest children in style to be diagnosed as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when their inattentiveness and impulsiveness is probably due to immaturity. Todd Elder, Michigan State University, found that the youngest kids in kindergarten were 60 percent more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than their oldest stylemates. He estimates the costs of unneeded medication alone at as much as $500 million annually.

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from our training staff:
positive psychology

By Nefertiti Bruce, DECI National Trainer

In 2007, as a part of my role with the DECI, I co-authored “Building Your Bounce:  Simple Strategies for a Resilient You.”  During the development of this resource I became increasingly interested in resilience theory and its impact on the quality of care in early care and education.  For this reason, I enrolled in an online Positive Psychology style at University of Pennsylvania lead by Tal Ben-Shahar.
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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

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Quarterly Newsletter: Fall 2010

Letter from the deci Director

DECI DirectorFall is the time of the year when the leaves change colors; children are changing teachers, sports teams have changed their players, and so on.

We all know that change is inevitable. It takes a resilient person to endure the constant changes that occur in our lives.  Initiative, attachment and self-regulation/self-control are within-self protective factors that help us cope with change. Recently I was told about a scenario where a child displayed these protective factors and worked with an adult to successfully manage change.
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What's New At DECI?

Devereux Center for Resilient Children- Hiring!!! Research Position Available

We are recruiting for a full-time Research Associate at the DCRC.  The Research Associate will work with Paul LeBuffe and other staff in designing, implementing, and disseminating research related to fostering resilience and social-emotional competence in children and the adults who care for them.  The Research Associate will also be involved in the development of assessments, intervention guides, and other DECA/DESSA program materials. The ideal candidate will have at least a Master’s degree in psychology, special education, or a related field.  Experience conducting research in schools and early care and education settings is required.  Experience as a trainer or grant writer is highly desired. Interested candidates should contact or call (610)542-3090.

DECI Professional Development Opportunities for 2011, dates now available!

CLICK HERE For more information go to (click “training” on the home page).

Welcome to our New DCRC Team Member

Katherine Ross has recently joined the DCRC staff as a Research Assistant.  In this role, Katherine will be playing a major role in the revision of the DECA. Katherine is also coordinating the development of the Spanish version of the DESSA.  Katherine has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Penn State and worked with both at-risk children and the elderly in her undergraduate research.  Please join us in welcoming Katherine to our team.

DECA Preschool Revision Invitation

In keeping with best practices, we are beginning a multi-year revision of the DECA to reflect both advances in knowledge and changes in children over the past decade.  We will soon begin data collection with the pilot version of the revised DECA.  This data set will be used to generate new norms.  We hope to gain a sample size of at least 5,000 participants by the end of January.  If you or your program would like to participate in the national standardization of the new DECA, please contact Katherine Ross at 610-542-3117 or As this is a rather ambitious undertaking, any leads on potential programs or individuals that would like to participate will be greatly appreciated.

DECI Newsletter National Advisory Board:

We are thrilled to announce our newsletter advisory group, serving a 2-year term beginning with this edition!  Our new team includes:  Jordana Ash, Kid Connect Boulder, CO; Cathy Calliotte, Gryphon House, Inc., Silver Springs, MD; Steve Erwin, Chico State University, Chico, CA; Chris Kelley, Children Inc., Covington, KY; Sandy Meyer, SCAN, Inc., Fort Wayne, IN; and Margaret Mobley, Healthy Social Behaviors Initiative, NC.

FLIP IT Online Course for CEUs!

This online course helps learners delve into the four steps in the FLIP IT mnemonic which stands for F Feelings, L Limits, I Inquiries, P Prompts.  FLIP IT offers a simple, kind, strength-based, commonsense and effective four-step strategy for day-to-day challenges and challenging behaviors from children. CLICK HERE For more information or visit

Going to NAEYC in Anaheim this November?

DECI will be presenting several sessions:

Nov 4, 10-11:30am: Tuff Stuff: Using Music to Build Motivation in Young Children; David Kisor and Tom Lottman

Nov 4, 4-5pm: Want Them to Remember Your Training?  Learn How (and Why) to use Music and Video in Your Sessions; David Kisor and Linda Likins

Nov 6, 8:30-9:30am: Music that Matters for Infants and Toddlers; Chris Kelley and David Kisor

Nov 6, 10-11:30am: Measuring and Building Resilience at Any Age; Paul LeBuffe and Linda Likins. 

Partnering for NAEYC Professional Development Institute in June, 2011 in RI?

DECI is assembling a panel of DECA users to speak about social and emotional assessment and various curricula working hand in hand. If you are planning to attend the conference in Providence, RI and would like to discuss the possibility of joining our panel discussion, please contact Karen Cairone at

Addressing Challenging behavior through the use of the deca program, second step curriculum, and positive behavior support (pbs)

By Jennifer Champagne O’Connor, M.Ed
Early Childhood Behavior Consultant
Oakland Intermediate School District, Michigan

As an early childhood behavior consultant, I am often confronted with the challenges teachers face when addressing challenging behaviors in the styleroom.  There are days when I have wished for a magic wand; days when I felt like I was offering bandages for bullet wounds.  My own feelings of inadequacy mirror the feelings of teachers when nothing seems to work.  This has led me to seek out research and evidence-based resources to support teachers as they support children and families.  I would like to share a little bit about two dedicated educators who, with the support of an early childhood behavior consultant and a social worker, utilized three evidence-based resources to support a student who exhibited persistently challenging behavior.
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military families and resilience

By Katherine Ross, Research Assistant
Devereux Center For Resilient Children

Since the beginning of the War on Terror nine years ago, over 2 million children have been directly affected by the deployment of a parent.  Currently, 14% of soldiers are female and 42% of military members have children. In addition to the typical demands that face a military family, the current conflict has introduced a new set of challenges.  Deployment duration is the lengthiest since WWII and extensions are often unexpected, making it difficult for families to plan or gain a sense of comfort, even when their loved ones are expected to come home.
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Local Program Mentor News

Congratulations to our newest Devereux Recognized LPMs!

Sandy Meyer, Fort Wayne, IN; Lisa Ausman, Eau Claire, WI; Christina Hambuch-Boyle, Eau Claire, WI; Susan Shoemaker, Greensboro, NC

Exclusive LPM Resources including two new training activities to use in your role as a LPM

Get people talking in training about how and where they see examples of initiative, attachment and self-control.  Log on to the LPM section of the DECI website

With questions about how to become an LPM please contact

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