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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Young Exceptional Children



Young Exceptional Children is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal produced by DEC. It is a practical resource designed for teachers, administrators, therapists, family members, and others who work with young children with special needs. DEC members receive YEC as a member benefit. Nonmembers, including institutions, can subscribe to YEC separately.

YEC will only be available online for members in 2014. Learn how to view YEC online.

Contact Information
Editor: Amy Santos, Ph.D.
Managing Editor: Laurie Jeans

Editorial Board
Young Exceptional Children’s editorial board is made up of DEC members committed to promoting policies and advancing evidence-based practices to support the optimal development of young children with special needs.