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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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Blog
November 13, 2018

Five Easy Ways to Build Authentic and Genuine Relationships

The easiest way to help support effective behavior management is through authentic relationships with your students. Here are some ideas you can use to build real relationships with children and families in your program.

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Authored by: Colleen Schmit
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Blog
October 26, 2018

Early Childhood Educators #ProtectFamilies

As an NAEYC member and an early childhood educator, we want to share with you some ways to stay informed and continue to advocate for immigrant families and children in your communities and beyond.

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Authored by: Rhian Evans Allvin
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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2018

Look, Listen, Learn: The Kindness Movement

Read the following story and teacher reflections; use the Reflective Questions to deepen your thinking and shape your teaching practices.

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Authored by: Nadia Jaboneta, Deb Curtis
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Young Children
September 1, 2018

Becoming a Social and Emotional Teacher: The Heart of Good Guidance

By reviewing the research, observing teacher–child interactions, and interviewing practitioners, we developed a model for social and emotional teaching with four essential components.

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Authored by: Katherine M. Zinsser, Susanne A. Denham, Timothy W. Curby
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Teaching Young Children
August 1, 2018

Promoting Powerful Interactions Between Parents and Children

One way to encourage positive connections within families is by teaching adult family members to use the Powerful Interactions™ framework with their children.

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Authored by: Kristan Stewart-Henry, Amber Friesen
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Young Children
July 1, 2018

Respect: The Heart of Serving Infants and Toddlers

Respect—treating with consideration—was the overarching feature behind the values and actions of teachers I observed for more than six months in one of the four Childspace infant and toddler centers that I co-own with my husband (Christie 2011).

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Authored by: Toni Christie
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Blog
June 29, 2018

NAEYC's Statement on #FamiliesBelongTogether

On June 7, we joined 540 national and state organizations, including many NAEYC affiliates, in writing a letter to the Department of Homeland Security clearly stating our opposition to the zero-tolerance practice of separating children from their parents
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Blog
May 25, 2018

When a Foster Child Enters Your Care: Suggestions from a Foster Parent

Tips from a licensed foster parent and early childhood educator on the best ways to support children in the foster care system, including resources that will help provide a safe and nurturing environment that assists individual needs.

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Authored by: Christa Murray
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