at no cost to you
The Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) focuses on resilience building and social and emotional development. Our team’s partnership with you – the adults caring for young children – is incredibly important to us, so we’ve cultivated all of our resources that are available to you at no cost, and placed them right here. We know we have a lot to offer, so we hope this page provides you with more organization, as well as the resources you need. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Defining Protective Factors
Your within-person protective factors include your temperament, abilities and inabilities, skills and characteristics that make you who you are. Here are examples of behaviors that demonstrate “protective factors in action” for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and adults.
Complementary Tools for DECA Program Users
For the adults in those young children’s lives, we offer you a free tool as well: the Devereux Adult Resilience Survey (DARS) – English, Spanish. This self-reflective tool provides adults with information about their strengths, which they can then use to build on those strengths. Additionally, if you are in a position of leadership, we offer the Devereux Resilient Leadership Survey (DERLS). This tool provides you with information about your resilient leadership skills, how to promote your team’s resilience, as well as your own resilience as a leader.
Sample Resilience-Building Strategies
For Early Care & Education Professionals
Background/Technical Information: This page of our website contains numerous pieces of valuable information about our screeners/assessments, as well as our self-reflective survey tools.
DECA Program Readiness & Reflection Tool: This tool is designed for leadership teams to utilize prior to implementing our DECA Program. It can help programs properly prepare, and ensure that implementation takes off successfully.
Web-based DECA (Free Demos, Guides, Sample Reports): That’s right! If you don’t know already, you can implement the DECA Program using our web-based system, called the e-DECA. There is plenty of stuff on this web page to help you learn about and explore it a bit. You can also learn about the Conscious Discipline e-DECA.
Alignment Tools: Our resources are developed to complement and enhance resources and systems that programs already use to support children and families. To that end, we offer documents which illustrate ways that our resources align with various curricula, assessments and standards.
CAREgiving Checklist (English, Spanish): Pulled from the Your Journey Together (YJT) Curriculum, this checklist is actually for the families with whom you work. If you utilize the YJT Curriculum, this is one of the tools you can share with families so that they can reflect on their own caregiving practices.
For Head Start/Early Head Start
We so appreciate working with many Head Start and Early Head Start professionals, that we designed a web page specifically for them! Go on and check it out!
For Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants
Library: Resilience Quarterlies
Just a few more good things
Pitcher & Cups Flyer: In our world, we like to think of children as cups and the adults in their lives as pitchers. Every day, adults are “pouring” resilience and social-emotional learning into young children. Remember: Resilient children need resilient adults. Hopefully, this flyer can serve as that constant reminder.
FLIP IT! Flyer: A wonderful, 8.5×11 in. flyer that outlines the four steps of the FLIP IT strategy. Print and post it somewhere you can always see it, as a reminder that you can help young children develop socially and emotionally, while also reducing their instances of challenging behavior. Available in English and Spanish.
FLIP IT! PowerPoint Presentation: Want to spread the good word on this simple and effective strategy? Here’s your tool, free to use!
Mindfulness at Work Activities: Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to the present moment in an accepting, nonjudgmental way (Schultz, Ryan, Niemiec, Legate, & Williams, 2015). It is a simple practice available to all. Research has shown it is also a reliable method for reducing stress, including at work (Malinowski, & Lim, 2015). Check out some mindfulness activities our team has completed at our staff meetings, found by our own Nefertiti Poyner!