The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) will be publishing its third monograph in the DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series in 2017 concentrating on the Family topic area.
We are interested in manuscripts that highlight the Family Recommended Practices from multiple perspectives to support families with young children from birth – 5 years old who have or are at risk of developmental delays and disabilities. We hope to publish manuscripts that represent the breadth and depth of each of the three themes of the DEC Family Recommended Practices (family-centered practices, family capacity-building practices, and family and professional collaboration), which include the 10 practices that can be downloaded from the DEC website.
We are especially interested in manuscripts that demonstrate innovative use of the DEC family recommended practices to (1) effectively address the complexities of partnering with families, (2) positively support families whose values and structures are different from the professionals supporting the families, (3) identify specific behaviors that encompass the active ingredients of the recommended practices, and (4) enhance families’ knowledge and skills to enrich their child’s development.
Suggested topics include applying the DEC Family Practices to strengthen:
- Families who are supported by multiple formal systems
- Reciprocity between caregivers in different EI/ECSE contexts (e.g., preschool teacher and family)
- Families with limited access to needed supports, such as families who are undocumented and those lacking stable housing
- Family outcomes
- Families’ use of informal supports to help meet the needs of their family and children
We are seeking manuscripts well grounded in research that are written for practitioners as well as case studies that illustrate the nuances of partnering with individual families. We are also seeking manuscripts that include families who are currently, or in the last year were, supported by Early Intervention or 619 programs as primary or equal contributors to manuscript development. At least one Family Recommended Practice should be clearly targeted and woven into the manuscript.
Final inclusion of manuscripts will, in part, be determined to assure representation of different Family Recommended Practices.
Submission Deadline is December 15, 2016. Manuscripts should be 10-12 pages including references.
We look forward to receiving your submissions.