Our mission

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families. 

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Videos about the Recommended Practices

DEC Recommended Practices 2014

Narrated by Mary McLean, the chair of the DEC Recommended Practices Commission, this video offers an overview of the new DEC Recommended Practices. Click the play button to find out more. (Time 2:43)

Share the Knowledge with Families

Leaders in our field describe the benefits of the DEC Recommended Practices for families, illustrated by images of children, families, and practitioners in a variety of early care and education settings. (Time 3:00)

A DEC Safari

If the DEC Recommended Practices were an animal, what animal would they be? Watch the video below to see what our members think. (Time: 3:34)

Evidence Syntheses of the DEC Recommended Practices

Dr. Patricia Snyder, Chair of the Proposing Group of the DEC Recommended Practices Commission, talks about the process that is currently underway to develop evidence syntheses for the Recommended Practices. (Time: 3:51)