Downtown Early Childhood Association (NYC)
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Downtown Early Childhood Association (DECA)

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DECA Mission

Downtown Early Childhood Association (DECA) is an informal volunteer association of School Administrators (Heads of School and Admissions Directors) of Early Childhood Programs and on-going schools with early childhood divisions below 34th Street. The mission of DECA is to support its members through the sharing of ideas, best practices, professional development, and discussion.

Who We Are

DECA started over 30 years ago as an ad hoc organization of educators who wanted to further best practices in early childhood education.

We come together to share professional development, common goals and concerns.

Veteran educators mentor and support new teachers and programs.

DECA is a collegial organization encompassing early childhood programs all across downtown Manhattan. Below you will find links to these many fine programs!


Our Member Schools