Social and Emotional Development

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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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Young Children
May 1, 2016

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Young Children's May 2016 issue is available as a PDF for members only. Please see the link below.
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YC's March 2017 Issue
Young Children
March 1, 2017

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March 7, 2017

Encouraging Your Child to Lead

When children have opportunities to make decisions and increase their independence, they see that their own identity is important. They are able to build confidence when their thoughts and opinions are valued by those around them.

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Authored by: Andrea Laser
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August 18, 2015

To Prevent Bullying, Focus on Early Childhood

How do we prevent bullying? Despite decades of study and numerous programs claiming to be the solution to bullying, few programs have actually been shown to be effective

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Authored by: Deborah Temkin, Kyle Snow
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Social Play and ESL Apps for Early Learning

Does technology promote solitary play? Or can it help a child learn to socialize? It depends entirely on the app. Here are a few that foster collaborative play.
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