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Institute for Professional Development

The Institute for Professional Development (IPD) serves early childhood and school-age professionals. The IPD provides training and technical assistance related to social and emotional development of young children (DECA) and curriculum for preschoolers (ELLC).

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Professional Development Opportunity - Create a Conversation: Talk with Me

For: Head Start and Child Care Mentors, Coaches, Educational Directors and Supervisors (approved for 6 training hours)

April 13, 2017
8:30 am to 3:30 pm (registration at 8:00)
Center for Family Policy and Research
1400 Rock Quarry Road, Entrance 6
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO

Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Initiative

The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Program for infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children is a strength-based system designed to promote the protective factors central to social and emotional health and resilience in young children. For more information about the DECA, please visit

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The Emerging Language & Literacy Curriculum

The Emerging Language & Literacy Curriculum (ELLC) prepares preschoolers for success in kindergarten and gives them a strong foundation in oral language and literacy with this scientifically based curriculum. This program not only addresses all developmental domains with theme-based units, children's literature, multisensory activities, scaffolded instruction and parental involvement but also creates an engaging environment with activity and play-based learning.

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