Program Director/Early Childhood Advocates Testimonials
"I first became acquainted with the DECA when I was asked to review it for the New York City Board of Education Office of Early Childhood. I was very impressed and gave it my endorsement. Rarely have I seen a tool that is dynamically based yet written in language that would be non-threatening to educators. The model of risk factors vs. protective factors puts teacher-child attachment in the limelight, just where it should be."
"Use of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) tool was a program strength on our PRISM review. The DECA supports ongoing development of children learning how to resolve conflict in positive ways. The impact of the DECA was observed and evidenced through children resolving play conflicts for themselves."
"I had a lovely, parent/daycare staff/director meeting last week where I used the DECA framework to help focus the discussion. I'll just say that the dad was unwilling to participate at firstů. but by the end said I was the only person who has made any sense and his daughter as been seen by many psychologists. The other beautiful thing that happened was that he totally "got it", as did her teachers, and the negative relationship they had established with each other is healed and everyone is on the same page! It was beautifulů and all thanks to the positive tilt the DECA puts on kids! This happens all the time, but this was a particularly tough case, so even I was worried!"