Helping young children learn to manage their emotions and behavior requires training and support. Learn how to help staff understand and address children's behaviors and create supportive learning environments.
Learn how trauma impacts children’s behavior and social and emotional well-being. Find tools to help teachers manage their own reactions. Explore ways programs can support children and families impacted by trauma.
This tip sheet provides guidance for developing an Individual Support Plan (ISP) for children who may need more intensive help with their emotions and behavior. Explore relevant regulations and resources.
In this tip sheet, find strategies to support children's healthy social and emotional development and prevent or reduce behaviors that could negatively affect their development. Explore relevant standards and resources.
Use this resource to support staff as they help infants and toddlers develop the characteristics and skills they will need for later success in school and life.
Daily separations and reunions are part of the fabric of relationships. In center-based and family child care programs, they provide opportunities to develop a young child's skill at making positive transitions.
"My 1st Year" and "Discovering Feelings" Books can be used by parents, caregivers and consultants. They are designed to help adults better understand a baby's development, recognize important milestones and in helping to label a young child’s feelings.
Head Start and Early Head Start programs are increasingly involved in efforts to assist adult family members in gaining parenting skills that can both promote positive social-emotional development and prevent challenging behaviors. In recent years, a number of formal parenting curricula have been developed and researched. We have identified five such programs with promising effects.
Screening for potential developmental delays in children allows for early treatment and supportive services. On the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, Head Start educators and families will find a number of resources on developmental screening tools.