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Professional Development

“The presenter did an excellent job of making the material interesting – she is so passionate and really knows her stuff. This would be helpful information to anyone working with children!”

“This training was Awesome… we have felt this stuff in our gut all along and now we have a way to assess kids and find strategies that work!”

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children has built a national reputation for providing dynamic, motivational, high-quality professional development services to programs and communities. Comprised of an expert team of professionals, our Certified Trainers can provide professional development on the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Program for Infants, Toddlers and/or Preschoolers, challenging behavior in young children, or deliver sessions on our other resources and critical topics related to the social and emotional health and resilience of children.  Events are designed to support a diverse audience including early care and education professionals, direct care providers, support staff, home visitors, managers, mental health specialists, and consultants.  DCRC professional development events not only strengthen the skills of participants, but serve as an impetus for positive change in the lives of children and families served by the professionals who attend.

Professional Development At Your Site

For more information on the delivery of professional development at your program/community, complete a Professional Development Needs Assessment Form here.  You may also want to take a look at our list of professional development topics to find the right fit for your program!

National Professional Development Events

In addition to on-site professional development, the Devereux Center for Resilient Children offers several national professional development opportunities each year in cities across the United States.  For more information about a national training event near you, click here


Technical Assistance

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children offers a variety of technical assistance services to support the use of DCRC resources along with support around promoting practices that foster social-emotional health and well-being of children and the adults who care for them.  Technical assistance services can be provided on-site as well as in a distance formats.  For more information, click here.

Regional Training and Mentoring Centers

Since the inception of the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative in 1996 and the growth into the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, the DCRC team has stayed focused on delivering professional development to programs.  It is clear that the interest and demand for DCRC services across the country requires our strategic growth. In order to position the initiative for continued growth, the DCRC team has developed Regional Training and Mentoring Centers (RTMCs). Through the creation of strategically located RTMCs, the DCRC hopes to provide communities with more cost effective access to certified training, technical assistance, research, and collaboration building.

We currently have two regional training and mentoring centers that provide regional professional development and support.

  • The Devereux Regional Training Center at Children, Inc., located in Covington, KY, provides support to Ohio and Kentucky. To learn more about their work, click here.
  • The Devereux Regional Training Center at the Center for Family Policy and Research and the Institute for Professional Development, located in Columbia, MO, provides support to Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas. To learn more about their work, click here.

Attending A Local, State Or National Conference?

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children provides a variety of pre-conference, keynote, and breakout sessions on topics related to the social and emotional health and resilience of children.  To see where we are going and where we have been, click here.

Planning to submit a Conference Proposal on DCRC assessment programs or other resources?  We’d be happy to assist you! Click here and tell us how we can help!

Professional Development by Age Group

Infants & Toddlers






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