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Step 1: Collecting Information: Assessing Program Elements
Step One of the DECA Program involves two parts: Assessing program elements of your classroom for quality, and getting to know each child.
  1. 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.
  1. The five program elements are: Supportive Interactions, Partnerships with Families, Activities and Experiences, Daily Program, and Environment.
  1. Assessing your program elements involves completing a Reflective Checklist on each of these five elements.
  1. Skip to section 2.8 to learn more about Universal Classroom Planning with completed Reflective Checklists.
It's True!
It's True!
The Reflective Checklists are reproducible documents found in the Observation Journal on pages 50-54. If you have a copy of the DECA Program Classroom Strategies guide, the same Reflective Checklist items are listed on pages 52, 68, 78, 91, and 100.
Tip
Tip
SPADE is an easy acronym to remember the five program elements. Just as you use a spade in a garden to help foster growth, you also reflect upon and improve the elements of SPADE in the classroom to foster growth in young children.
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