The MLW/DEC is committed to providing high quality, independent and unbiased services to families whose young children are at risk or have developmental disabilities in a timely fashion. These services include comprehensive developmental screenings, child-specific consultations and professional training within the larger community. Services reflect current expertise in the field and are delivered in a family-oriented fashion, utilizing a transdisciplinary model. The DEC believes that children and families are served best when each staff member is supported professionally and emotionally to enhance their contribution to the overall work of the agency. In addition, the DEC believes in being an active contributing member of the professional community.