EI/ECSE Standards (2020) Resources
Practitioners and Developing Practitioners
EI/ECSE Glossary - The glossary contains terms
and definitions used throughout the standards. The
glossary can be used as a reference as you read
the EI/ECSE standards and associated resources
to aid understanding.
Supporting Explanations - This document provides a complete report of the EI/ECSE standards and their components. Additionally, supporting explanations are provided that describe why it is important for learners to gain the knowledge and skills represented by each component of the standard. These explanations can be used to support decisions about learning activities and practical experiences during pre-service preparation programs and in-service professional development activities.
EI/ECSE Standards, Knowledge Bases, and References - The standard knowledge base provides a concise summary of the relevant laws, other standards (i.e., InTASC, CEC, NAEYC, CAEP Elementary), DEC Recommended Practices, CEC HLPs, research and other literature and resources from the field that support each standard component. A full reference list is also included. These can be used to understand the support that exists and was used in the development of the standards and components. These may be used to help ensure coursework and professional development includes the most poignant resources and sources of information.
Themes Throughout the Standards - The following statements were developed to provide further explanation as to central themes which apply across all the new standards due to their fundamental influence on quality of EI/ECSE services. For pre-service, these statements may be topics addressed across curricula (e.g., as teacher educators do curricular planning, develop or revise courses). For PD they could be used to support development of materials and discussion topics (e.g., providing coaching around inclusive education).
Crosswalk of the EI/ECSE Standards with DEC RPs - This document reviews the alignment of the EI/ECSE Standards (2020) and the DEC Recommended Practices (2014).
Crosswalk of the EI/ECSE Standards with DEC RPs and CEC HLPs - This document reviews the alignment of the EI/ECSE Standards (2020), the DEC Recommended Practices (2014), and the CEC High Leverage Practices (2017).
Cross-Disciplinary Competencies - The Cross Disciplinary Early Childhood Competencies align the standards across personnel serving young children and families to highlight commonalities in four areas: coordination and collaboration; family-centered practice; evidence-based practice; and professionalism and ethics. DEC is one of seven national professional organizations representing disciplines providing services in early childhood that have developed and endorse this alignment of personnel standards.