Guidance & Nurturing

Social/Emotional Development

National Center for Pyramid Model Implementation (NCPMI) - (website) The goal of the NCPMI is to assist states and programs in developing sustainable systems for the equitable implementation of the Pyramid Model for Promoting Social-Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) within early intervention and early education programs. They do this with a focus on: improving the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five; eliminating the use of inappropriate and disproportionate exclusionary discipline practices; promoting family engagement; using data for decision-making; increasing the use of trauma-informed and culturally and linguistically responsive practices; and fostering inclusion. Explore their robust resource library filled with hundreds of hands-on tools, guides, research reports, and more.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) - (website) Here you’ll find scripted stories for social situations, tools for building relationships, book lists, tools for teaching social-emotional skills, and resources for developing behavior support plans.

Promoting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Health - (webpage) This article from NAEYC discusses ways that early childhood providers can build trusting relationships with children and intentionally teach social and emotional skills and shares why that matters. 

Head Start  - (website) These resources from Head Start focus on children's ability to create and sustain meaningful relationships with adults and other children. They also explore the ways children learn to express, recognize, and manage their own emotions, as well as respond appropriately to others' emotions.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - (website) The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) defines social and emotional learning (SEL) as the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Here you can find an array of resources to support educators, students & caregivers including The Wisconsin PK-Adult Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

Zero to Three: Social-Emotional Development - (website) A collection of articles and resources related to the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers. 

Supporting Social & Emotional Development - (website) This collection of videos from Eastern Connecticut State University provides ideas and guidance in supporting children's healthy social and emotional development.

Self-Regulation Practice Briefs - (webpage) This series of 5 briefs from the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation discusses research, co-regulation, brain architecture, effects of toxic stress, and strategies to support self-regulation from infancy through young adulthood.

Children’s Emotional Development is Built into the Architecture of Their Brains - (webpage) This working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child discusses how a child’s capacity to regulate emotions develops in a complex interaction with his or her environment and ongoing mental, physical, and social development. It also discusses the implications of this research for policies affecting young children, their caregivers, and service providers.

Sesame Workshop - (website) These resources from Sesame Workshop are designed to help kids build skills to develop healthy relationships, respect differences, and build the social behaviors and confidence they need.

Updated 3/18/2024

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