In order to provide quality, meaningful resources, services, and professional development, the Devereux Center for Resilient Children has remained true to these six underlying principles that guide all of the work we do:
- Promote the strengths, happiness and resilience of all children. DCRC recognizes that all children, no matter their current risk status need a strong social and emotional foundation.
- Support the well-being of the adults who parent, nurture and educate children. Young children’s healthy social and emotional development is dependent on the health and well-being of the adults who care for them.
- Provide strength-based approaches. Research confirms that promoting children’s social and emotional strengths reduces the development and escalation of behavioral concerns.
- Build strong partnerships between parents and child-serving professionals. DCRC recognizes that parents and caregivers with consistent, nurturing, developmentally appropriate expectations of children are critical to their social and emotional health.
- Encourage collaboration to optimize positive outcomes. All adults in the life of a child working together to provide consistent, positive care to young children is tremendously beneficial to promoting within-child protective factors.
- Foster data-driven decision making. Decisions about how to optimize a child’s social and emotional health must be based on reliable and valid information. The DCRC approach uses data to inform decisions and also to track progress.
All of the Initiatives that fall under the DCRC umbrella are based on resilience theory and emphasize the importance of strength-based assessment and planning to foster healthy social and emotional development. In efforts to best meet the needs of professionals serving children at different ages and in different settings, several Initiatives are in place including: DCRC’s Infant and Toddler Initiative, Preschool Initiative, School-Age Initiative, Adult Resilience Initiative and Child Welfare Initiative.