Resources to help early childhood educators establish encouraging classrooms that foster children's positive social and emotional development and counter bullying.
Resources from NAEYC
Standing Together Against Suspension & Expulsion in Early Childhood
Over 30 national organizations came together to create a joint statement that amplifies and elevates the issue of suspension and expulsion in early childhood, which disproportionately affect children of color.
Powerful Interactions: How to Connect With Children to Extend Their Learning
This reflective guide contains everything you need to understand what Powerful Interactions are, how to make them happen, and why they are so important in increasing children’s learning and your effectiveness as a teacher. Read more from the book about growing trust.
A New Education for Civility (from Education for a Civil Society: How Guidance Teaches Young Children Democratic Life Skills)
To sustain a promising future for our children and grandchildren, individuals and groups need to find ways to work cooperatively and respectfully. What kind of education fosters the nascent capacities in young children to reach out and listen to those different from themselves? What will lead them to work together to address problems with solutions that are both intelligent and ethical? Read more from Chapter 1 of Education for a Civil Society: How Guidance Teaches Young Children Democratic Life Skills.
Teaching Practices (from Education for a Civil Society: How Guidance Teaches Young Children Democratic Life Skills)
Read a few of the teaching practices from the book, Education for a Civil Society: How Guidance Teaches Young Children Democratic Life Skills. Read more »
Class Meetings: Young Children Solving Problems Together (Rev. ed.)
Written by a teacher for teachers, this practical book offers teachers everything they need to know about what class meetings are, how to get started, and how to adapt the approach to their changing classrooms. Read more from the book about bullying.
The Power of Guidance: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Classrooms
In an engaging, reader-friendly style, the author describes developmentally appropriate guidance in the encouraging classroom and how teachers can help children develop lifelong skills.
Culturally Responsive Strategies to Support Young Children With Challenging Behavior
Five culturally responsive core strategies to promote positive teacher relationships with young children in preschool and minimize challenging behavior.
Promoting Resilience Through Read-Alouds
Teachers can help children develop characteristics of resilience by reading aloud from high-quality children’s literature that depicts challenging life situations for the main characters.
Building Environments That Encourage Positive Behavior: The Preschool Behavior Support Self-Assessment
This article shares a teacher self-assessment tool—the Preschool Behavior Support Self-Assessment—that helps teachers of preschool children examine how their classrooms support children’s positive behavior.
"I Won't Be Your Friend If You Don't!" Preventing and Responding to Relational Aggression in Preschool Classrooms
This articles helps preschool teachers find alternatives to relational aggression as early as possible.
Author Dan Gartrell writes about the concept of Bullying in the early childhood classroom. Read more from Guidance Matters, a past Young Children column about positive approaches to guiding young children's behavior.
Voices of Practitioners
Making Peace in Kindergarten: Social and Emotional Growth for All Learners
Holly Dixon explores how a group of kindergarten students in a Philadelphia public school learn to share resources, gain the ability to conform to a schedule, and build the resilience essential for taking turns.
Teaching Young Children
Good Guidance: The 7 Essential Life Skills
Ellen Galinsky covers a few topics in this article including: the first life skill, focus and self control, and offers teachers practical suggestions for promoting this skill in their work with preschoolers.
To Prevent Bullying, Focus on Early Childhood
This blog post identifies key contextual factors linked to bullying behaviors, promising and evidence-based programs that help address emerging behavior, and the need for further research.
Bullying in Early Childhood
This post references a research review paper on bullying in early childhood that was published in the Educational Psychology Review by Vlachou and her colleagues.
10 Tips for Raising a Compassionate Infant-Toddler
Tips used in the classroom that will help infants and toddlers become pro-social that families can also try at home.