Devereux Early Childhood Assessment for Infants and Toddlers (DECA - I/T) Training

The Michigan Department of Education is the lead agency for Early On®. It is responsible for the general administration, supervision, and monitoring of early intervention programs and activities within the Early On system. All Early On activities are conducted, however, in conjunction with the Department of Community Health (Public Health and Mental Health Divisions) and the Department of Human Services, through the auspices of the state's interagency agreement. Other key players in Early On® include families, hospitals, other health care providers, universities, private service providers, advocacy organizations, parent groups, and community organizations.

Families are involved at every level of Michigan's early intervention system. Families play a collaborative role by working together with professionals in all aspects of individualized family service delivery, as well as in program and policy development and implementation.

The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Program for Infants and Toddlers (DECA I/T) is strength-based and designed to promote the protective factors central to social and emotional health and resilience in our youngest children. The program offers a systematic approach to understanding, assessing, summarizing and planning to support children s social and emotional growth.

DECA-I/T One Day-Training

In this training participants will:
  • Learn about resilience theory and protective factors central to supporting infant and toddler resilience,
  • Learn how to administer, score and summarize results of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment for infants and toddlers.
  • Discuss how these results can be used to support outcome measurement within the Early On system and the Community Mental Health system.
  • Gain experience with planning for individual children s social and emotional health using DECA-I/T program resources.
  • Learn strategies that are developmentally appropriate, fun and easy to do within home and group settings (for example, child care, play groups, etc.) using DECA- I/T program resources.

For currently scheduled training, please see the table below.

Who Can Attend?

Attendees can include Early On staff who 1) complete assessments as a regular part of their job and/or 2) persons that are currently writing IFSPs and/or providing service coordination to families on a regular basis and 3) Early On Coordinators or those who support Early On staff regularly. Attendees can also include CMH staff or contract staff who work with infants, young children, aged birth to 47 months in a variety of services/programs (Home-based Services, Infant Mental Health, Assessment, etc.).

DECA-I/T Resources

Any questions, please call Julie Helmer at
There are no Devereux Early Childhood Assessment for Infants and Toddlers (DECA - I/T) Training trainings scheduled at this time.


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