Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Infant & Toddler Program

This comprehensive kit contains resources to support the development of infants’ and toddlers’ social and emotional health. The screening and assessment tool focuses on identifying key social and emotional strengths and the planning resources provide caregivers and parents with research-based strategies to promote children’s resilience.

Kit Contents

Note: Each of these items is available to purchase separately.

DECA Infant and Toddler Record Forms

Designed for use with children one month through 36 months, the assessment forms are strength-based, nationally standardized, reliable, valid and easy to use. The Infant form is approrpriate for children one to 18 months, and the Toddler form is appropriate for children 18-36 months. Both are available in English and Spanish in both the paper and web-based formats. See sample assessment items, as well as a sample Individual Profile, to understand the vital information provided by this assessment tool at the bottom of this page.

Set of Teacher/Parent Profile Masters

The Infant assessment form (DECA-I) has four scoring profiles for the following age ranges to increase sensitivity to the differences in development at this age span:

  • 1 month up to 3 months
  • 3 months up to 6 months
  • 6 months up to 9 months
  • 9 months up to 18 months

The Toddler assessment form (DECA-T) has one profile for children 18 months up to 36 months.

DECA-I/T User’s Guide

This guide provides directions on using and interpreting results of the assessment. DCRC offers outcomes tables, which help to determine significant change in a child’s scores from pre to post assessment.

DECA-I/T Technical Manual

The technical manual provides research information related to the development and standardization of the DECA-I/T, including information about the reliability and validity of the instrument. You can download a PDF of the technical manual at the bottom of this page.

DECA for Infants and Toddlers Strategies Guide

This guide provides research-based, simple, easy-to-use social and emotional strategies for the home and childcare setting. With hundreds of strategies, organized into five chapters, this guide is a wonderful reference for any caregiver who is interested in promoting the social and emotional health of infants and toddlers. Included are reproducible forms and checklists to help programs reflect on overall social and emotional quality of early care and education settings.

Promoting Resilience For Now and Forever Family Guide (Infants and Toddlers)

This guide supports families in understanding what social and emotional infants and toddlers is, how to recognize key behaviors, and how to support children’s social and emotional health in the home setting in simple ways every day!

Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You

As adults, we want to be happy and to achieve in life. At one time or another, all adults feel the stress of life’s daily hassles and major life events. Through reflective readings, activities, journaling and written responses, this book will uncover strategies for strengthening your relationships, initiative, internal beliefs and self-control.

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DECA Program (Birth through Five) PowerPoint Presentation

Designed to help you introduce and explain the DECA Program to others (colleagues, parents/families, funders, etc.).

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