Young Exceptional Children is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal produced by DEC.


YEC 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.


Learn how to view YEC online with your DEC membership.

Contact Information

Editor: Gregory A. Cheatham,
Managing Editor: Chelsea L. Waters,

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.

View the full editorial board.


YEC ensures that DEC fulfills its mission to promote evidence-based practices that ultimately benefit the children and families who receive ECSE/EI services. YEC is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the dissemination of high-quality research and evidence-based practices focused on supporting young children with disabilities, their families, and professionals in the field.

YEC is widely circulated within and outside the United States through our individual and institutional subscribers (including all DEC members).

Find out how to submit your work to YEC.