Tools & Resources – Preschool

e-DECA (web-based platform for the DECA Program)

You can administer the nationally standardized, reliable and valid Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers online! This web-based platform allows for both teacher and parent ratings to be entered online, it completes all scoring, generates reports, provides strategies for both school and home settings, and stores your data in a secure database. Get started with the e-DECA in order to promote resilience and social-emotional health in young children and in the adults who care for them!

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Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Preschool Program

The DECA Preschool Program, 2nd Edition, is a strength-based assessment and planning system designed to promote resilience in children ages 3 through 5 years old. This comprehensive kit includes the nationally standardized, strength-based assessment (DECA-P2), along with strategy guides for early childhood educators and families. The new, revised resources reflect updated research findings and input from professionals across the country. Use of the program promotes healthy emotional development and social skills for children.

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Note: This paper kit would be an alternative to using the e-DECA.

Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Clinical

The DECA Clinical (DECA-C) is designed to be used by early childhood mental health consultants and other mental health professionals with those select chidlren who are already showing significant behavioral concerns. The DECA-C contains all of the strength-based resilience items and scales found on the DECA-P2, but also assesses social and emotional concerns, including: Aggression, Attention Problems, Emotional Control Problems and Withdrawal/Depression. The DECA-C is appropriate for children ages 2 through 5 years old, and is available in both paper and web-based formats.

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Note: This paper kit would be an alternative to using the e-DECA.

FLIP IT! Transforming Challenging Behavior

This informative book by Rachel Wagner, MSW, with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, is designed to support all adults who interact with young children. This book explains the FLIP IT strategy’s four simple steps to transform challenging behavior in young children. Teachers and parents can help children learn about their feelings and gain self-control by using the mnemonic: F – Feelings, L – Limits, I – Inquiries, and P – Prompts. Learn to FLIP IT with the practice pictures, reflections activities, and real-life stories inside.

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FLIP IT Self-Paced Online Course

You can learn the FLIP IT strategy, on your own time and at your own pace, with the FLIP IT Self-Paced Online Course! The course is approximately 2.5 hours, including interaction, reflection, application of skills learned, and a final assessment. You are welcome to complete the course all in one sitting, or you can complete it over time. Empower yourself and your team members by purchasing this course today!

DECA Preschool Strategies Guide

This guide provides teachers with research-based strategies and tips to enhance children’s social and emotional health, as well as hundreds of tips for improving the overall quality of preschool programs.

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Promoting Resilience For Now and Forever Family Guide (Preschool)

This resource gives family-friendly information on promoting a child’s social and emotional health at home. Available in English and Spanish.

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Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure

This resource offers 50 activities for parents and teachers to do together with children, all of which promote healthy protective factors.

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DECA-C (Clinical) Online Self-Paced Course

This training opportunity is designed to share information and build skills around the use of the DECA-C tool in the context of a primary prevention and mental health promotion model and used when needs of children cannot be met solely by programming at the universal and targeted levels.

Classroom Moments Video Clips

Designed to enhance training, this download includes 28 video clips from early childhood classrooms, for use in developing training and workshops for staff.

Your Journey Together (YJT) Parenting Curriculum

YJT is a strength-based curriculum designed to help family service professionals promote the social and emotional well-being and resilience of vulnerable children and their families. The YJT curriculum focuses on empowering parents to promote safe, trusting and healing environments – all key elements of a trauma-sensitive program. While YJT is designed for families with young children (infants, toddlers, preschoolers), many of the concepts apply to families with children of all ages.

Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You

Research confirms the critical connection between the health and well-being of children and the adults caring for them. Because of this important link, it is essential that adults take care of themselves so that they are able to provide high-quality care to the children in their lives. This journal is designed to meet adults where they are and take them to a place of greater strength and determination. Through reflective readings, activities, journaling and written responses, this book will uncover strategies for strengthening four areas related to resilience.

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Building Your Bounce Self-Paced Online Course

Teachers, parents, and all adults who educate and care for young children are invited to join Dr. Nefertiti Poyner, Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, on a journey of discovering strategies that promote adult resilience. This self-paced learning experience shines a light on how adults who prioritize their own well-being have a greater capacity to provide the kind of high-quality care that young children deserve.

Reflective Checklist for Preschool Teaching Practices

The Reflective Checklist is designed to help teachers reflect upon and intentionally use practices that promote children’s social and emotional health by nurturing the within-child protective factors of Initiative, Self-Regulation and Attachment/Relationships. The checklist covers teaching practices across five categories: (1) Daily Routines, (2) Environment, (3) Caring Connections, (4) Activities and Experiences, and (5) Partnerships Between Teachers and Families.

We also offer this checklist in Spanish!

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