Teaching Practices

Understanding and Managing Challenging Behavior

Understanding social and emotional development of infants and toddlers helps parents and staff to develop proactive strategies for supporting them. Early Head Start staff members will find information about developmental issues and strategies for supporting young children's social emotional needs. Note: This resource is under review.

Strategies for Understanding and Managing Challenging Behavior in Young Children: What Is Developmentally Appropriate - and What Is a Concern?

Very young children are learning a great deal in an incredibly short amount of time: They learn when we eat with our fingers and when we use spoons; when we wear clothing and when we wear pajamas. They learn all the rules of our culture: We share toys, but not toothbrushes; we laugh at some things, but not at others; sometimes adults tease, and sometimes they are serious. Infants and toddlers learn what is expected of them through their relationships with family members and teachers.

Last Updated: June 18, 2018