Study on the Effectiveness of the Your Journey Together Curriculum
The Devereux Center for Resilient Children was awarded funding for a research project to study the effectiveness Your Journey Together (YJT) curriculum – a curriculum designed to promote the social and emotional well-being and resilience of vulnerable children and their families. Funding was granted by The Florida Institute for Child Welfare (FICW) an initiative based out of Florida State University (FSU). Through its first grant-making period, FICW provided funding for just 10 projects in the State of Florida. The Devereux Center for Resilient Children is proud to have proposed one of the 10 funded projects! The proposal was written in collaboration with Dr. Ana Leon of the University of Central Florida (UCF) who will serve as one of the Principal investigators working alongside DCRC’s Research Associate Gabriel Smith, and Deborah Alleyne, Primary Author of the YJT Curriculum. The study uses a quasi-experimental, pretest-posttest design (nonequivalent control group design) to collect data from caregivers of children ages birth through five years who are referred by the Division of Children and Families to participating agencies. A number of Florida-based Child Welfare agencies will collaborate with us on this project.
Read About Your Journey Together, DCRC's Parenting Curriculum
Joan Sherman Program for Resilient Children
DCRC has partnered with SCAN Inc., in Fort Wayne, Indiana to use the DECA I/T, as well as the DECA-P2 and DESSA to build the protective factors of children in supervised visitation services. This children have been removed from their home due to allegations of abuse and neglect. Through this partnership a curriculum called the Joan Sherman Program for Resilient Children has been developed which uses a coaching model to help parents engage positively with their children during supervised visits. This project involves a multi-site research study to evaluate the effectiveness of this program for enhancing parenting skills, developing children’s protective factors, and preventing future abuse and neglect. For more information on the Joan Sherman Program for Resilient Children, click here.
Devereux Center for Resilient Children. (2009, November). Development of the Spanish Language Version of the DECA-I/T. Villanova, PA: Christi Ali.