Mental Health

Understanding Children's Behavior as Communication

Woman playing with a toddler and baby

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.

Topics in this module include: 

  • Understanding that children's behavior has meaning
  • The importance of responsive relationships between parents and educators for children's emotional well-being and development
  • Effective ways to communicate with families about children's behavior
  • Partnering with families when adults find a child's behavior to be challenging

Interested in digging deeper? Use the Suggested Resources to learn more about a relationship-based approach to family engagement.