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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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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2019

The Sunshine Call: Celebrating Children’s Successes

For some young children, the transition from home to school is tough. Sometimes a little celebration of progress is just what children, and their teachers, need.

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Authored by: Kim Bell
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Blog
January 22, 2019

Innovation in Refugee Children’s Education

At NAEYC’s 2018 Annual Conference, a highlighted session by Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee, shared the most recent and innovative early childhood education initiatives for young children affected by the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Authored by: Dakota Saunders
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Guiding Children by Using Questions

Asking a child about his behavior can stop the behavior as it is happening and get him to think about it. The best questions are ones that require more than a yes-or-no answer. Here are some examples.
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December 23, 2018

A Death in the Family: Helping Young Children Understand

Supporting children and their families as they cope with the death of someone close to them is never easy. If you ever need to support a child at such a time, I encourage you to refer to this list of resources.

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Authored by: Michael Coventry
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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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