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No parent or caregiver wants to hear their child is being aggressive. However, aggressive behavior is a natural part of healthy human development. In this week’s article from Zero to Three, parents are given examples of what to expect during different stages of development and what strategies might be helpful in the future.   

Knowing what to expect and then adjusting one’s actions can be valuable in producing a positive result. The author provides 12 helpful coping strategies which can help parents channel their child’s aggression during a transitional period.  

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baby This resource is quite the find! It’s chock full of great ideas to share with families about ways to “encourage infants to focus attention, use working memory, and practice basic self-control skills”—core components in the development of executive function and self-regulation. The suggestions the authors provide range from lap, hiding, and copying games to simple role plays, finger plays, and conversations. Many of the ideas will sound familiar and serve as a great way to reinforce the importance of supportive, responsive interactions between adults and children. They can also help parents recognize the incredible brain-building benefits of activities they already enjoy doing with their young children.…

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Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center recently updated their brief on “Infant and Toddler Behaviors that Can Challenge Adults.” The article includes information about what the research says, what challenging behaviors look like, and ideas to try. The authors do an excellent job in succinctly describing all these elements and provide links to other related articles and learning opportunities. The strategies offered are clear and seem easy to implement. Give this brief a read at the link above or the attachment below. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. We love hearing from you.…

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Teaching Your Child to: Cooperate with Requests explains in family-friendly language why young children may be having trouble following rules and listening to requests, and offers tips to help parents support this important social-emotional skill in their children. Access the full resource on the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) website here: http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/documents/teaching_cooperate.pdf.

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,…

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This article from the University of Cambridge summarizes a 2020 research study reviewing the ways fathers play with their kids, and the impact of father-child play on a young child’s development. The findings suggest that the type of play that fathers engage in with their children tend to be more physical in nature (e.g., tickling, chasing), and that this type of play seems to help young children learn how to manage emotions and regulate their behavior later in life. Read more about the findings here: https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/playtime-with-dad-may-improve-childrens-self-control

The ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes core knowledge and…

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10237745298?profile=RESIZE_180x180 This week we are highlighting a resource from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) entitled, “Understanding Your Child’s Behavior: Reading Your Child’s Cues from Birth to Age 2.” It’s a very interesting and quick read, filled with practical examples and age-specific suggestions. The authors also include, “Three Steps to Understanding Your Baby’s or Toddler’s Behavior,” which is intended to help parents sort out the meaning of the cues they may see and hear from their young child. There’s also a fourth bonus step on viewing tantrums as communication with a variety of effective ways to respond. Check out this week’s resource…

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This academic article gives an overview of social-emotional developmental milestones in early childhood with the goal of helping professionals identify issues with a child’s social-emotional development as early as possible.

Access the article here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK534819/

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.

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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…

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The School-Ready Child

Zero-to-Three offers a colorful infographic, entitled “The School-Ready Child” (o “Listos para la escuela” en español). In it the authors describe the reasons why getting ready for school begins in early childhood and the need for public policies that “focus on the healthy development of babies and toddlers as an essential part of preparing children for success.” They outline five important features of the school-ready child:

1. It’s all about relationships.
2. Everyday experiences shape early learning.
3. The importance of emotions.
4. The importance of play.
5. What a school-ready child looks like.

It’s a great reminder of the value of early intervention. EI providers support…

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