Effective Practice Guides: Social and Emotional Development

Last year, Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) updated their “Effective Practice Guidelines” on social and emotional development. This Web resource is divided into four subdomains:

  • Relationships with Adults,
  • Relationships with Other Children,
  • Emotional Functioning, and
  • Sense of Identity and Belonging.

Each subdomain is further divided into four sections: Know, See, Do, and Improve.

In these sections you will find teaching practices for infants and toddlers; videos featuring young children; suggested practices for teachers and home visitors; and planning goals, actions steps, focused observations, reflections, and feedback to support the work of professionals who work with very young children… including Early Start service providers.

There’s a lot of information in this resource, which we’re sure will be useful in your work with children and families. After you look at the resource, drop us a note in the comments below and tell us which tip you found to be most important. Here’s the link again.

The ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes core knowledge and role-specific competencies needed for early intervention service provision, incorporating current research and evidence in the field of early intervention. To access the ESPM, CLICK HERE.

This resource is related to the following ESPM knowledge-level competencies:

  • Core Knowledge (CK):
    • CK1: The dynamics of family systems including cultural, linguistic and socio-economic factors influencing family function and care for all children.
    • CK2: The role of primary social and emotional relationships as the foundation for early learning.
    • CK6: The sequences of development and the interrelationships among developmental areas/factors, including:
      • Social development
      • Emotional development and resiliency, including the development of attachment and trust, and self-regulation


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