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DCRC Journal

For professionals working in child-serving settings, as well as for the parents/families of those they serve.

  • Current dialogue around early childhood education, social-emotional health and resilience
  • Success stories from programs and centers utilizing the DECA Program suite of resources
  • Tips and guidance from our team of early childhood specialists
  • News on training and resource development, and more!

Family, Feelings, and the Resilience they can help build

By Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D.

My mom and I were talking recently about my daughter’s development. She was wondering if I thought Madison (who is 4 years old) was ready for kindergarten. Lately, we have seen her become a lot better at letter and sound recognition. We are now working with her on her numbers … it’s a brutal process! To say that she is not interested would be an understatement. As I continued to reflect with my mother, I thought, “absolutely … Madison will certainly be ready for kindergarten.” My study of resilience, my experience as a teacher and a trainer has taught me that there is so much that goes into school readiness.

November 5, 2019

The Beauty of Simple Interactions

By Susan Damico, M.A.

Within a timespan of two weeks, I participated in three very educational, inspirational and sobering professional development events. The first occurred in Washington, D.C., at Mayor Muriel Bowser’s National Maternal & Infant Health Summit. My colleague, Nefertiti Poyner, was invited to speak along with a very prestigious group that put a laser focus on the unacceptably poor maternal health outcomes for Black women in the United States. The personal stories of loss were heartbreaking, and the statistics surrounding maternal health for Black women were eye-opening…

October 22, 2019

Resilience Onward: A Great Resource for K-12 Educators

By Susan Damico, M.A.

Time flies! It is hard for me to believe that I am now the parent of a college kid. I can still remember sharing stories in the DCRC newsletter about my preschooler, who is now off and living (somewhat) independently, several hours away from home.

For those of us who have chosen careers that focus on promoting the well-being of young children, we know how quickly the years go by. We also know that the work we do to promote children’s resilience in early childhood needs to carry onward into elementary school. 

September 24, 2019

Resilience, Race, and Preschool Expulsion

By Rachel Wagner, MSW

I have been working in the field of early childhood resilience for over 20 years. For as many of those years, I have been tormented by the epidemic of preschool expulsion. In my late 20s, my first real social work position was in an expulsion preschool, where we served children who had been dismissed from at least three other preschools become coming to us. Later, when I dedicated my path to early childhood mental health consultation, I saw myself in the business of preventing preschool expulsion by promoting the social and emotional well-being and resilience of children.

July 9, 2019

Bright Horizons and DCRC Partner to Develop the Resilient Leadership Training Series

By Susan Damico, M.A.

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) team often speaks about the importance of the “Resilience Cascade” or the “Resilience Connection.” This notion highlights the point that promoting resilience in children requires that we also pay close attention to our own social and emotional well-being, as well as the overall resilience of our team members and work environments.

May 14, 2019

When Moral Distress is Present, Moral Resilience is Necessary

By Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D.

Moral resilience also involves cultivating self-regulation and self-awareness to recognize when integrity is threatened. With this foundation, we are better able to name the ethical problem, inquire into the facts and determine the action that supports integrity. What is at stake? What can be done? Can there be a compromise? Using tools of ethical reasoning and reflection to identify ways to support all involved stakeholders can help to build moral resilience.

May 7, 2019

Celebrating 20 Years of Resilience

By Susan Damico, M.A.

I feel tremendous pride as I reflect on the positive impact the DECA Program has had on children (millions have been assessed), families and communities (tens of thousands of professionals have been trained) these last 20 years. I am equally proud of the role Devereux has played in elevating the nation’s focus on young children’s social and emotional health.

April 23, 2019

Think and Act in the Name of Prevention

By Debi Mahler, LCSW

In a time where there never seems to be enough time, I challenge us all to think critically about the environments, skills and experiences that all children need to be successful in school and in life. When we think and act in the name of prevention, we can have a huge impact on the lives of young children, the people they are to become, and the world we all share!

March 19, 2019

Future of America Learning Center: Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Key to Success

By Joscelyn Paine

The nonprofit Future of America Learning Center (FALC), which provides educational programs, child care and youth activities to children of a local healthcare workers union, and to those from the broader community, made a commitment to the implementation of the DECA Program more than 10 years ago.

November 12, 2018

Focusing on Togetherness During the Holidays

By Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., & Joscelyn Paine

For many families, the holidays are spent dashing around trying to find those perfect presents, slaving over a hot stove cooking up family feasts and scurrying from one festivity to another. As the whirlwind weeks go by and stress levels soar, it might be time to slow down and remember what is important: spending time with the ones you love.

November 12, 2018

Capital District Child Care Council & the DECA Program

By Kimberly Polstein, LMSW

The Capital District Child Care Council (CDCCC), located in Albany NY, serves six counties in the Capital region and Mohawk Valley. The Social Emotional Development Services team works directly with the DCRC staff and resources to provide quality social and emotional support to communities across counties. 

May 15, 2018

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