Underlying Principles (continued)
The DECA Program...
  1. Offers Strategies that Fit within Current Practices: The DECA Program strategies strengthen, not replace, existing classroom practices. The planning process allows for flexible implementation and is designed to build upon routines, activities, and experiences in the home.
  1. Supports Effective Collaboration: The DECA Program brings together the fields of mental health and early childhood education. Families, teachers, and specialists share knowledge of individual children, allowing for a team approach to planning for individuals and the class.
  1. Empowers Data-driven Professionals: The DECA Program is based on the DECA, a standardized tool that is reliable and valid. Multiple sources of information are also used to plan for the class and individuals. The technical properties of the DECA and the real-life application allow for a focus on measurable outcomes and accountability.