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Welcome to the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC)!

Our mission is to promote social and emotional development, foster resilience, and build skills for school and life success in children birth through school-age, as well as to promote the resilience of the adults who care for them. We accomplish this by doing research and producing resources for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and adults. And our partnership with Aperture Education brings social and emotional learning and resilience to school-age children.




Why Resilience?

The Latest at DCRC

Now in Spanish! Devereux Adult Resilience Survey (DARS)

We are thrilled to announce that we have translated the full, four-page version of the Devereux Adult Resilience Survey (DARS) for Spanish-speaking professionals and families! It’s been a long-time coming, and we just can’t wait for folks to start utilizing it. Be sure to give it a look, and please spread the good news!

One-stop page for Head Start and Early Head Start programs

As more and more Head Start and Early Head Start programs continue use of DCRC resources, we felt it was time to create a one-stop page for that exact audience. We wanted to make it easier for all of our Head Start friends to navigate our website for information, tools and resources more relevant to them. This page highlights the Head Start Performance Standards that DCRC can help Head Start programs meet, the resources that can be used to do so, access to webinars specific to Head Start and more.

Bright Horizons and DCRC partnership

Over the past two years, DCRC has been fortunate to partner with Bright Horizons to evaluate how we can best support early childhood programs in fostering cultures of resilience that create a “resilience cascade.” Our partnership began in December of 2017, and we are thrilled to release the outcomes of a randomized control trial of a training model that provides a framework for leaders/supervisors in early childhood education, to reflect upon and implement strategies designed to promote resilient leadership.

Resilience training following Hurricane Harvey

DCRC was recently awarded a contract with the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies (The Center) to provide resilient leadership training following Hurricane Harvey. Conducted over 10 training sessions, DCRC will educate child welfare leaders on how to build resilence within themselves and their organizations while dealing with a traumatic event, such as a hurricane.

A new, one-day training topic

We’ve recently developed a new, one-day training entitled, “Building Resilience and Healing from Trauma in Early Childhood Settings.” The goal of this new training is to raise the awareness of participants around what trauma is, and what the impact of trauma and toxic stress looks like in both young children and adults. Click below to learn more or contact DCRC Director of Professional Development Debi Mahler at [email protected] or (610) 574-6141.

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