Spotlight on Young Children: Social and Emotional Development, Revised Edition
About the Book
Children’s relationships and experiences during their formative years have a far-reaching impact, and early childhood educators play a critical role in fostering the social and emotional competence children need to process and learn from these interactions. Explore how teachers can use the opportunities embedded in their curriculum, practices, and routines to support positive, healthy behaviors in children from birth through age 8.
The revised and updated edition of this volume reflects recent advances in brain science, the field’s heightened recognition of children’s cultural contexts as central components of their social and emotional development, and more. It covers a wide range of timely and timeless topics, including how to
- Establish trusting relationships to teach, model, and reinforce positive behaviors
- Honor each child’s dimensions of diversity and support the development of their individuality and humanity
- Engage in social justice projects that increase children’s empathy and sense of agency
- Mitigate the effects of trauma in children’s lives
- Implement strategies that relieve anxiety and teach coping skills
Each article in this collection also includes questions to prompt deeper thinking on the content, highlighting connections to developmentally appropriate practice. Using the guidance in this resource, help children develop the social and emotional skills essential to their future well-being and success.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Part One: Identifying and Building Strengths
Promoting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Health
Jeannie Ho and Suzanne Funk
“I Can Do That!” Fostering Resilience in Young Children
Vicki S. Collet
What About the Children? Teachers Cultivating and Nurturing the Voice and Agency of Young Children
Brian L. Wright
- Promoting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Health
Part Two: Building Caring, Peaceful Communities
Supporting Peer Relationships and Social Competence in Inclusive Preschool Programs
Adam S. Kennedy
Guidance Strategies to Prevent and Address Preschool Bullying
Jill M. Raisor and Stacy D. Thompson
Never Too Young to Champion a Cause: Supporting Positive Identity Development Through Social Justice Curriculum in Preschool
Veronica Benavides, Roxanne Ledda, and Maimuna Mohammed
- Supporting Peer Relationships and Social Competence in Inclusive Preschool Programs
Part Three: Supporting Children and Families in Difficult Times
Creating Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms
Supporting Anxious Children in the Preschool Classroom
Sierra L. Brown, Allison Aberson, Stephanie Easley, and Kara E. McGoey
Welcoming Refugee Children into Early Childhood Classrooms
Using Nature Contact to Support Children Under Stress
Becky L. DelVecchio, Susan Ferguson, and Wesley Knapp
- Creating Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms
Part Four: Integrating Social and Emotional Perspectives into the Curriculum
Three for One: Supporting Social, Emotional, and Mathematical Development in Preschool and Kindergarten
Linda M. Platas
Partnering with Families: Supporting Social and Emotional Development Through Picture Books
Paired Learning: Strategies for Enhancing Social Competence in Dual Language Classrooms
Iliana Alanís and María Guadalupe Arreguín
- Three for One: Supporting Social, Emotional, and Mathematical Development in Preschool and Kindergarten
Product Code: 1164
Publish Date: 2023
Citation (in Chicago 17th ed. style): Hyson, M., ed. 2023. Spotlight on Young Children: Social and Emotional Development. Rev. ed. Washington, DC: NAEYC.
“A Three-Step Approach: Promoting Young Children’s Self-Regulation and Language During Conflict” - Explore how to address common behavioral challenges and social conflicts in early childhood classrooms while simultaneously promoting children’s self-regulation and language development in this article by Kyla McRoy, Hope K. Gerde, and Laurie Linscott. (Young Children, Fall 2022)
“Outdoor Recess Matters! Preventing and Reducing Children’s Challenging Behavior on the Playground” - Authors Hsiu-Wen Yang, Michaelene Ostrosky, Paddy Cronin Favazza, Yusuf Akemoğlu, W. Catherine Cheung, and Katherine Aronson-Ensign outline the challenging behaviors that can occur for children with and without disabilities during recess. They detail a wide-ranging approach for preventing and responding to challenging behaviors during this play-filled part of the day. (Young Children, Summer 2022)
“10 Tips for Raising a Compassionate Infant-Toddler” - This contribution from Julia Luckenbill highlights how families can help their young children become pro-social at home. (For Families)
Marilou Hyson, PhD, consults nationally and internationally on early childhood issues, with special emphasis on emotional development and professional development for teachers. Formerly, Marilou was NAEYC’s associate executive director for professional development, where she led the development of several position statements and standards. She has been a preschool and kindergarten teacher and a university teacher educator.
This updated version of Spotlight on Young Children: Social and Emotional Development is an essential handbook for all early childhood practitioners. (Book study, anyone?) Kudos to the authors for elevating cultural variations in social and emotional development and norms, links to violence prevention, and how child well-being is a direct reflection of family and educator well-being.
—Kristen E. Darling, Research Scientist, Early Childhood Development, Child Trends
Grounded in evidence-based practices, important aspects of social and emotional development are highlighted and paired with clear, relatable examples and easy-to-implement strategies. Reflection questions throughout encourage the extension and application of the material. This book is a great resource for all who work with young children.
—Keri Giordano, Associate Professor, Department of Advanced Studies in Psychology, Kean University
Current research has consistently shown strong linkages between early childhood mental health and future outcomes. This revised edition uses this information to provide a deep but swimmable dive into how those involved in early childhood education can foster social and emotional health in their classrooms, with children and their families as well as amongst educators. I particularly enjoyed the book’s treatment of trauma and early childhood stressors!
—Herbert Hickey, Early Childhood Educator, Horizons for Homeless Children
The authors have written an extraordinarily accessible book for educators that offers crucial insights, inspires contemplation, and is packed with examples and an abundance of resources. This book absolutely moves the early childhood field forward.
—David Walz, Bilingual School Psychologist and Child and Family Advocate, AdvocacyDenver
This is an excellent resource for early childhood educators seeking culturally responsive approaches to creating resilient, inclusive, and trauma-sensitive classrooms that support young children experiencing stress, anxiety, and bullying.
—Teresa Byington, Professor/Specialist of Early Childhood Education, University of Nevada, Reno Extension, and Author of Lose the Lecture
This book is not only a must-read but one that can be referenced back to for ongoing support. Through this compilation of rich content, useful references, and quality-driven resources, readers will better understand the role of both the caregiver and educator in maximizing performance on a child-centered level, learning environment level, and family/community level.
—Nagwa Elsamra, School Social Worker, Elizabeth School District
With expanded articles on a wider range of topics, this new edition of a classic book is well-arranged into four cohesive parts. Contemporary issues are raised in an accessible way, with every one of the articles offering helpful charts, appropriate resources, and interesting reflection questions. This resource will be consulted over and over again, until the pages start to fall out and it’s time for the next edition.
—Ellen A. Cogan, Owner and Chief Consultant, Hilltop Early Childhood Services