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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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February 1, 2018

My Son's Realization That He's "Brown"

Between 3 and 4 years old, my son realized that he was "brown." This story recounts the way I helped him feel special for having unique characteristics - brown skin and black eyes.

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Authored by: Kim Doan
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2018

Being a Helper: Supporting Children to Feel Safe and Secure after Disasters

Disasters can be defined as unexpected, disturbing, and stress-inducing events. They may be natural, like hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes, or the result of human intervention, like mass shootings.

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Authored by: ​Laura J. Colker
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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
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Young Children
March 1, 2017

Read the Full Issue (March 2017)

Young Children's March 2017 issue is available as a PDF for members only. Please see the link below.
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