What We DoDCRC provides strength-based assessments for infants and toddlers…
- Devereux Early Childhood Assessment – Infant (DECA-I) for babies age 4 weeks through 18 months, and
- Devereux Early Childhood Assessment – Toddler (DECA-T) for toddlers ages 19-36 months
Why We Do What We DoDCRC was created out of Devereux’s desire to promote the social and emotional well-being of all children. We believe that promoting resilience benefits all children because all children are likely to face adversity at some point in their life. For children who are already experiencing social and emotional problems, the promotion of their resilience will be essential to their long-term success and happiness. In order to provide quality, meaningful resources, services, and professional development, DCRC has remained true to these six underlying principles:
- The strengths, happiness and resilience of all children: DCRC recognizes that all children need a strong social and emotional foundation to be successful now and in the future. Children who are happy and have social and emotional strengths are more likely to be successful academically as well as socially
- The well being of the adults who parent, nurture and educate children: Young children’s healthy social and emotional development is strongly influenced by the health and well-being of the adults who care for them.
- Strength-based approaches: Research confirms that promoting children’s social and emotional strengths reduces the development and escalation of behavioral concerns. DCRC resources identify and build on children’s strengths first, rather than focusing on deficit-based behaviors.
- Strong partnerships between families and teachers, and other child-serving professionals: Families and providers working together as a team to provide consistent, nurturing, developmentally appropriate care results in more positive outcomes for children.
- Collaboration between the fields of early childhood and mental health to optimize positive outcomes: Families, providers, specialists and other community resources professionals sharing knowledge and working as a team to understand and jointly determine how to best promote children’s healthy social and emotional development.
- Data driven decision making: Decisions about how to optimize a child’s social and emotional development must be based on reliable and valid information from multiple sources. The DCRC approach uses data to inform decisions and also track progress.
Whom We Help Through Our ApproachDCRC’s strength-based approach is prevention oriented, meaning that it is designed to benefit all children and the families and adults in their lives. Because all children benefit from strong protective factors, and because a child may face increased risk at any time, DCRC emphasizes the importance of building strong protective factors for all children and adults. DCRC’s model emphasizes promotion, prevention, and intervention. We refer to the supports offered at these three levels as Universal, Targeted, and Expanded.
DCRC Model: Tiered Approach To Promoting Resilience In Infants And ToddlersFor those infants and toddlers whose protective factors are typical or strong, Universal strategies appropriate for all children are recommended. Universal strategies are implemented with all children in a group and include things like:
- Implementing consistent routines and schedules, helping children feel a sense of trust and security in their lives
- Speaking positively, ensuring that babies and toddlers feel cared for and loved
- Engaging infants and toddlers in daily routines such as singing and talking during diaper changes, holding young infants while feeding them and following a child’s lead during floortime
- Break a task into small steps: Sometimes a young child will be more successful and will follow directions when an adult helps the child understand and follow each step in a task.
- Provide comfort items that help a child to calm when upset
- Redirection: When you see a child about to make an inappropriate choice, help them to make a more appropriate choice by redirecting them to another activity.