Children use behavioral and emotional self-regulation skills to manage their feelings while playing with others and following classroom rules, which are crucial to learning and development. Classrooms with clearly defined rules, routines, and expectations promote behavioral and emotional self-regulation among children.
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In this video, teachers encourage children to develop self-help skills like handwashing and serving themselves. Building these skills promotes children’s independence, self-reliance, and self-esteem.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age
Connect with Me is a five-part series of courses designed to provide teachers and caregivers of infants and toddlers with the skills and knowledge to support social and emotional development. Participants will learn about social-emotional milestones, theories, and long-term outcomes through video segments, expert interviews, and research-based resources. (10 hours)Age(s): Infant, Toddler
This course focuses on preschoolers’ development of self-concept, self-control, social competence, and social awareness. Participants will learn about age-appropriate social-emotional goals for preschool children and learn effective strategies to help children develop social-emotional skills. (4 hours)Age(s): Preschool
This article will help you understand the connections between self-regulation skills in children, their brain development, and your own responses to children who are having a difficult time self-regulating. The author also provides specific strategies that can be used to prevent and de-escalate rising tensions.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool
NCPMI’s Pyramid Model Preschool Module Series focuses on practices for building relationships with and promoting healthy relationships between children. This module includes resources and lists of practices teachers can implement to create a caring classroom community.Age(s): Preschool
In this webinar, viewers will define social, emotional, and regulatory development and explore how to support children’s growth in these areas. Upon completion, viewers will identify activities to implement either remotely or in the classroom that will support children’s regulation.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age
This brief guide can serve as a useful reference for program staff working with toddlers. The guide provides high-level tips for supporting self-regulation skills including establishing a calm environment, responding during stressful moments, and partnering with family members.Age(s): Toddler
NCPMI’s Pyramid Model Preschool Module Series focuses on practices for building relationships with and promoting healthy relationships between children. This module focuses on teaching practices that support self-regulation, emotional literacy, problem-solving, and teaching friendship skills.Age(s): Preschool
Caregivers can support young children in their ability to modulate their behavior and emotional expression by having realistic expectations and helping children develop self-regulation skills. This course discusses how teachers can promote self-regulation, practice appropriate transitions, and be responsive in stressful situations. (2 hours)Age(s): Infant, Toddler
Teachers will see examples of how early play in children becomes a more developed social play as children move from infancy to preschool-age. The webinar highlights ideas about how home and communities affect and influence children’s social play and its development.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool
Children’s physical, social, and emotional development have an impact on their behavior. In this self-study, teachers will explore strategies to support children with differing sensory, developmental, and temperamental needs.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool
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The Early Learning Matters (ELM) Curriculum is an extensive, research-informed program created to support the optimal learning and development of children from birth to five years of age. ELM offers a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate approach to meaningful learning for all children.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool
This page includes strategies for embedding high-quality social-emotional support, which builds children’s self-regulation skills. The page also links to activities within the CIRCLE Activity Collection that can be used to help children practice self-regulation, emotional understanding, self-help skills, and relationships with others.Age(s): Preschool