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Social and emotional development is just as important to children's learning as their academic development. NAEYC's resources offer information about the latest research, ideas for classroom practice, and strategies to share with families.

Making Peace in Kindergarten

Read about one teacher's research and observations as she explores how to create a more peaceful and inclusive classroom.

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Spotlight on Young Children: Social and Emotional Development

Explore how teachers can use the opportunities embedded in their classroom practices, routines, and lessons to nurture healthy behaviors in children from birth through third grade. 

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Embracing Different Perspectives

This article explains how to cultivate trust in young children so their interactions with other children and their friendships function in healthier, stronger ways.

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Authored by: Teresa Draguicevich
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What Happens If I Touch this Button? Giving the Silenced a Voice

When I explored the options Zoom provided during virtual meetings, I discovered that its Spotlight feature and the mute button were two ways to work toward learning goals and an approach focused on the whole child.

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Authored by: Garnett Booker
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Learning Joy and Resilience Through Kindergartners

We may not be able to control the spread of the virus, the changing mandates, or the inequities and social justice issues intensified by the pandemic, but we can control how much our children feel loved by us.

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Authored by: Larissa Hsia-Wong
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Walking to Joy: Using Our Values as Our Map

Over the course of this past year, there have been many inspiring lessons and joys. In this piece, I want to share my two main takeaways.

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Authored by: Kim Lee Ripley
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Young Children
December 1, 2021

But Can I Trust You? Embracing Different Perspectives (Voices)

This article explains how to cultivate trust in young children so their interactions with other children and their friendships function in healthier, stronger ways.

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Authored by: Teresa Draguicevich
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Young Children
December 1, 2021

Teaching Young Children About Disability

In this article, I explore how young children develop attitudes and understandings about disability.

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Authored by: Sue Mankiw
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Young Children
December 1, 2021

Embedded Learning Opportunities for Children with and Without Disabilities

To be effective, individualized teaching includes a child’s entire educational team—teachers, specialists, and other professionals who collect assessment information, identify learning outcomes, use instructional strategies, and monitor progress.

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Authored by: Christan G. Coogle Emily R. Lakey Jennifer R. Ottley Jennifer A. Brown Mollie K. Romano
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Young Children
Vol. 76, No. 4
December 1, 2021

Winter 2021

Individuality and Inclusive Practices for Early Childhood
This cluster of Young Children articles takes up that call by digging deeper into the core consideration of individuality and guidelines related to inclusion and offering in-depth descriptions of approaches to meet each child where they are.
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Young Children
December 1, 2021

Tearing Down Silos: A Model for Interagency Collaboration

This article shares a collaborative approach that two counties in Pennsylvania have taken to tear down the silos and instead promptly and effectively support early learning programs and staff and the children and families they serve.

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Authored by: Alison Mellott
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Now Read This: What About Children in Foster Care?

The books featured here provide a sampling of books and activities that can be used to introduce foster care and adoption into the early childhood classroom.

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Authored by: Michelle Kimmy
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Stepping Back to Nurture

Stepping back from children’s play, rather than always inserting ourselves into it, gives us time to intentionally observe, listen to, and record children as they play.

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Authored by: Krystina Tapia Emma Pickering Jesse Robert Coffino
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Using Nature Contact to Support Children Under Stress

Contact with nature can help mitigate the negative effects of stress. Through nature-based encounters, we can provide children with strategies to use while they are in our care and beyond.

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Authored by: Becky L. DelVecchio Susan Ferguson Wesley Knapp
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Teaching Young Children
Vol. 15, No. 1
September 1, 2021

Fall 2021

Nature Learning Indoors and Out
Teaching Young Children is NAEYC's magazine for anyone who works with preschoolers. Colorful, informative, and easy-to-read, TYC is packed full of teaching ideas, strategies, and tips.
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September 17, 2021

Ten Things I Learned in the Virtual Classroom that I’ll Use This Year

After using hand-on learning in my virtual classroom, here are key ideas I learned while teaching in the pandemic Zoom classroom that I will be carrying with me as we begin the upcoming school year. 

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Authored by: Julia Luckenbill
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