Following is a list of the components of the DECA-I/T Kit. Please note that all of the resources included in the DECA-I/T may be purchased together or separately as individual resources are needed by program staff. Please also note that the initial launch of the DECA-I/T Kit includes assessment resources, with teacher and parent strategy resources planned for development within the next 18 months. In addition, plans to translate the DECA-I/T into Spanish are also underway.
DECA-I/T Record Forms The DECA-I/T is a standardized, norm-referenced, reliable and valid assessment of protective factors in infants and toddlers ages 1 month up to 36 months. The DECA-I/T can also be used to screen for potential risk in the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers. Completed by family members and/or early care and education professionals, the DECA-I/T evaluates the frequency of positive behaviors associated with protective factors. The DECA-I/T assessment has two forms, one for Infants ages 1 month up to 18 months titled the DECA-I and one for toddlers ages 18 months up to 36 months titled the DECA-T.
Set of Parent/Teacher Profile Masters The Infant assessment (DECA-I) has 4 scoring profiles for the following age ranges to increase sensitivity to the differences in development at this age span:
1 month up to 3 months
3 months up to 6 months
6 months up to 9 months
9 months up to 18 months
The Toddler Assessment (DECA-T) has one scoring profile for ages 18 months up to 36 months.
User's Guide The user’s guide provides an introduction and background information about the DECA-I/T as well as all the information necessary to administer, score and interpret the DECA results.
Technical Manual The Technical Manual provides research information related to the development and standardization of the DECA-I/T, including information about the reliability and validity of the instrument. The Technical Manual is purchased on CD Rom along with the scoring profiles.
DECA-I/T Strategies Guide This guide provides research-based, simple, easy to use social and emotional strategies for the home and child care setting. With hundreds of strategies organized into five chapters, this guide is a wonderful reference for any caregiver who is interested in promoting the social and emotional health of infants and toddlers. Included are reproducible forms and checklists to help programs reflect on overall social and emotional quality of early care and education settings.
For Now and Forever Parent Guide This guide supports families in understanding what social and emotional health of infants and toddlers is, how to recognize key behaviors, and how to support children’s social/emotional health in the home setting in simple ways everyday!