The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Clinical Form (DECA-C) is designed to be used by early childhood mental health consultants and other mental health professionals with select children, ages 2 through 5, who are already showing significant behavioral concerns. The DECA-C is a 62-item scale that can be completed by either teachers or parents in about 15 minutes. The DECA-C contains all of the strength-based resilience items and scales found on the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment for Preschoolers, 2nd Edition (DECA-P2), but also assesses social and emotional concerns, including: aggression, attention problems, emotional control problems, and withdrawal/depression. Measuring both a child's strengths and behavioral concerns, the DECA-C provides a balanced description of the child's behavior and allows for strength-based planning and strategy implementation. Whereas the DECA is designed to be used with all children to promote healthy social and emotional growth, the primary purpose of the DECA-C is to support early intervention efforts to reduce or eliminate significant emotional and behavioral concerns in preschool children. The DECA-C may also be used to guide interventions, help identify children needing special services, assess outcomes, and help programs meet Head Start, IDEA and similar standards.
The DECA-C is designed to be interpreted by a qualified mental health or special education professional. The DECA-C is designed to be interpreted by a qualified mental health or special education professional. A customer qualifications form must be submitted before use of the DECA-C. For more information on these qualifications, click here.
Note: DECA-C record forms also are available electronically in English and Spanish in the e-DECA Assessment and Planning System 2.0, a web-based application that makes it easy to accurately gather, score, and interpret data from the entire suite of Devereux Early Childhood Assessments.