Step One of the DECA Program involves two parts: Assessing program elements of your classroom for quality, and getting to know each child.
- Program elements (or classroom quality) need to be reflected upon prior to moving to Step 2 of the DECA Program, which is to administer the assessment. This is necessary in order to assure that the quality (or lack of quality) of your classroom does not have a negative influence on your children's protective factors and behavioral concerns.
- The five program elements are: Supportive Interactions, Partnerships with Families, Activities and Experiences, Daily Program, and Environment.
- Assessing your program elements involves completing a Reflective Checklist on each of these five elements.
- Skip to section 2.8 to learn more about Universal Classroom Planning with completed Reflective Checklists.