Professional Guidelines

The 2014 DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education is the result of an effort that integrated the best available research evidence with knowledge gained through experience in practice. The final set of practices was determined through a consensus process. Within the DEC Recommended Practices, family-professional partnerships are specifically addressed in the Family practices, and are organized into three themes:

  • Family-centered practices,
  • Family capacity-building practices, and
  • Family and professional collaboration.

Supplemental Materials

To learn more about the NAEYC and DEC professional guidelines, and the Head Start Performance Standards, see Supplemental Materials.