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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Article
Young Children
July 1, 2018

(The Many Benefits of Continuity of Care) الفوائد العديدة المترتبة على عملية استمرارية الرعاية للرضع والأطفال الصغار والعائلات والموظفين العاملين في مجال تقديم الرعاية

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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Authored by: Mary Benson McMullen
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Article
Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2021

How Early Childhood Educators Can Explain Death to Children

If we help young children understand death, we help them cope with a personal loss that has already occurred or prepare them to understand and cope with a personal loss at a later time.

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Authored by: David J. Schonfeld
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Teaching Young Children
Vol. 14, No. 3
April 1, 2021

Spring 2021

Nurturing Social & Emotional Development
TYC Spring 2021 issue
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Article
Young Children
March 1, 2021

Viewpoint. We’re Not All Friends Here (and That’s Okay)

Should we refer to our class as friends? On the surface, this may seem like a simple question, but it represents a complex aspect of classroom ecology that is debated in early childhood circles.

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Authored by: Becky L. DelVecchio
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Article
Young Children
March 1, 2021

“How Are You Feeling?” Strategies for Helping Children Understand and Manage Emotions

Young children with responsive caregivers are likely to thrive, whereas young children who experience emotionally unavailable environments are more likely to experience negative impacts on their cognitive, social, language, and emotional development.

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Authored by: Vonda Jump Norman Audrey C. Juhasz Krista Nicole Useche Kristine M. Kinniburgh
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NAEYC president, Ann McClain Terrell
Article
Young Children
March 1, 2021

From Our President. Helping Children Hear Their Song

How can we better implement practices that build relationships and create environments that support positive social and emotional growth?

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Authored by: Ann McClain Terrell
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Article
Young Children
March 1, 2021

Rocking and Rolling. Caring for the Mental Health of Infants and Toddlers

In order to be part of an effective safety net for young children’s emotional well-being, we need to understand their unique vulnerability to trauma and extended stress during the first few years of life.

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Authored by: Kathy Reschke
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Article
Young Children
March 1, 2021

What Babies Ask of Us: Contexts to Support Learning about Self and Other

Vivian Gussin Paley, author of thirteen insightful books that illuminate children’s social and emotional competence, captured the essence of what young children ask of us with respect to social and emotional support.

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Authored by: Mary Jane Maguire-Fong
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Article
Young Children
March 1, 2021

Social & Emotional Development: For Our Youngest Learners & Beyond

This issue of Young Children offers research-supported responses to these questions with a cluster of articles devoted to intentional practices that promote social and emotional development.

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Authored by: Annie Moses Stefanie Powers Kathy Reschke
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Young Children
Vol. 76, No. 1
March 1, 2021

Spring 2021

Social & Emotional Development: For Our Youngest Learners & Beyond
The Spring 2021 issue of Young Children includes a cluster of articles devoted to intentional practices that promote social and emotional development.
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Article
Young Children
July 1, 2015

Rocking and Rolling—It Takes Two: The Role of Co-Regulation in Building Self-Regulation Skillsالتناغم والتآزر - يد واحدة لا تص فِّق: دور التنظيم المشترك في بناء مهارات التنظيم الذاتي عند الطفل

عندما يعاني الأطفال من التنظيم الذاتي ، يصعب عليهم الجلوس والتركيز والمشاركة في أنشطة التعلم.

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Authored by: Linda Groves Gillespie
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