This post was published on 10/31/2019.
Social and emotional learning starts at home. Parents and families can be a powerful partner in their child’s development of social emotional competencies like self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Click here to read an article that shares different ways that parents can encourage the development of these competencies in their children.
Head Start families are their children’s most important source of healthy social and emotional development. Mental health for babies with a caregiver who is “there, aware, and cares” is critical to help support social emotional learning. Infants need to form a special bond with someone who is responsive to their needs and who helps foster a growing sense of themselves as individuals. Toddlers need to have consistent boundaries communicated to them as they begin to explore their environments. Preschoolers need help understanding their emotions, giving names to feelings, and managing their frustrations.
Below are some tools to assist families with supporting Social Emotional learning.