Emotional Support captures how teachers help children develop positive relationships, joy in learning, comfort in the classroom, and appropriate levels of independence. Head Start directors, education managers, coaches, teachers, and other education staff can use these resources to improve teacher-child interactions in the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) Emotional Support domain.
15-minute In-service Suites: Emotional Support
Explore the 15-minute In-service Suites that address the Positive Climate, Teacher Sensitivity, and Regard for Student Perspective dimensions of the CLASS Emotional Support domain to find resources to support staff improvement. Use the presentation slides as part of a training and follow up using supervisors’ tools.
Social and Emotional Development EPG
Review the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) Social and Emotional Development Effective Practice Guide to learn about what supporting children's social and emotional development skills looks like in practice. The embedded videos are a great way to view and reflect on teaching practices in action. Education managers, coaches, and other education staff can use these in reflective supervision or peer-to-peer learning communities to learn about effective teaching practices for each subdomain in social and emotional development.
Everyday Ideas for Increasing Children's Opportunities to Practice Social Skills and Emotional Competencies
Explore ideas and strategies to help children practice their social and emotional skills. The targeted set of strategies — emotions, friendship, problem-solving, and handling anger and other difficult emotions — are a helpful guide for teachers to incorporate new ideas in their daily classroom routines and activities.
Safe and Nurturing Learning Environments for Preschoolers
Learn how education staff create and support positive, safe, learning environments for preschoolers. The strategies in this resource support staff to keep all children physically and emotionally safe every day. Use this as a refresher for staff, or as part of onboarding new staff. Reflect with staff about strategies in the resource that they want to try out in their classroom.
Mary Louise Hemmeter: Social and Emotional Development – Research to Practice
Pop in your earbuds, take a walk, and listen to early childhood expert Dr. Mary Louise Hemmeter as she talks about social and emotional development in young children. From practical to useful information, this podcast is a great resource for education staff to learn about the ELOF Social and Emotional Development domain and how to use it to teach social and emotional skills.
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Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning
Last Updated: December 30, 2022