Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Practice Improvement Tools: Using the DEC Recommended Practices

The Practice Improvement Tools help practitioners implement evidence-based practices. They are based on the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices. These tools and resources guide practitioners and families in supporting young children who have, or are at-risk for, developmental delays or disabilities across a variety of early childhood settings. They include performance checklists, practice guides, and guidance materials.

The performance checklists help practitioners improve their skills, plan interventions, and self-evaluate their use evidence-based practices. Practice guides for practitioners and families explain the practices and how to do them using videos and vignettes. They describe how practitioners will know if practices are working. The tools also include an interactive product selection tool and professional development modules.

Logo: Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices

What exactly are the DEC Recommended Practices?Find out in this PDF: Quick Overview!

Did you know? The DEC RPs are also available in Spanish!

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