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.
Vonda Jump Norman Audrey C. Juhasz Krista Nicole Useche Kristine M. Kinniburgh
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.
Since emotions are learning opportunities in an early childhood setting, a developmentally appropriate goal is for children to learn strategies to manage and express their emotions through warm, attentive teacher responses.
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.
Knowing that we all have implicit biases and, simultaneously, have the capacity to change our thinking and improve our practices, we’ve outlined four steps that early childhood educators can take to understand our own biases and to advance equity.