Children who are exposed to trauma can have considerable reactions that can interfere with learning and behavior. Understanding and sensitively responding to the unique needs and behaviors of all young children and families is hard work, but schools can serve as a critical system of support for children who have experienced trauma. Early care and learning programs, in partnership with families, can help ensure children have the best start possible.
Children misbehave or exhibit challenging behavior sometimes. How a parent responds can make a big difference in how a child develops. Find tips and tools to learn how to positively respond to children's behavior.
Biting is a common but upsetting behavior of toddlers. It's key for parents to address biting when it occurs. Use this fact sheet to find tips on how to better understand issues around biting.
Explore ways early childhood staff can partner with families to understand and respond to children's behavior as communication. Find strategies for working with families of children ages birth to 5.
Learn how children's behavior is a form of communication and has meaning. Discover strategies adults can use to interpret children's needs, intentions, and emotions while supporting their social and emotional development.
Strategies for Understanding and Managing Challenging Behavior in Young Children: What Is Developmentally Appropriate—and What Is a Concern?
Explore ways to understand infants' and toddlers' social and emotional development. Learn how parents and staff can develop proactive strategies to support children's development.
Children's challenging behaviors are top concerns for parents and early care and education teachers. Learn about ways to understand and address behaviors like biting, tantrums, excessive crying, and extreme shyness.
Research shows high-quality, supportive early childhood programs have a positive effect on the lives of infants, young children, and families. Find resources and strategies to learn ways to reduce and eliminate expulsions and help support young children's readiness for school and lifelong success.
Children often engage in challenging behaviors because there is a message they are trying to communicate. In this webinar, listen as presenters discuss prevention strategies for challenging behaviors.
Head Start teachers often struggle to support children with challenging behaviors in the classroom. This webinar will shift the focus from reaching to misbehavior to proactive planning for child’s success. Explore strategies for teachers as well as free and accessible resources for supervisors.
Topic: Mental Health
National Centers:Early Childhood Health and Wellness
Last Updated: July 9, 2020