Your Guide to Promoting Children's Positive Behavior
Early Social-Emotional Development
Early Childhood
This practical resource helps birth–five providers work successfully with children, families, and colleagues to foster social-emotional growth.
Contains Companion Materials
51929 978-1-68125-192-9
2018 224
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With expulsion rates three times higher in pre-K classrooms than in K–12 classrooms*, behavior is one of the biggest and most pressing challenges faced by early childhood educators and providers. Find research-based guidance and strategies in this book, an essential resource for professionals working with children from birth to age 5.

You'll start with a comprehensive, reader-friendly overview of early growth and learning across developmental domains, with special emphasis on the components of emotional development and the environmental factors that influence it. Then you'll learn the guiding principles for nurturing social emotional development, aligned with the positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) framework and the Pyramid Model. Concrete examples of specific, research based strategies help you put the principles into action and improve child outcomes in both center- and home-based settings.

A keystone of professional preparation for both preservice and in-service early childhood providers, this book will show you how to work effectively with children, families, and colleagues to foster social emotional growth in the critical early years.

  • apply evidence-based universal prevention strategies to proactively support social-emotional growth
  • collect data and use tailored secondary behavior strategies with children who have more intensive challenges
  • collaborate with families and share concerns sensitively
  • overcome roadblocks to PBIS through team communication and consistency
  • encourage mindfulness in yourself and parental caregivers
  • ensure that providers, caregivers, agencies, and other stakeholders work together and share accountability
  • engage in ongoing reflection to improve your self-efficacy and confidence

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Sample scenarios that show you how to apply strategies, suggestions for collaborating effectively with families, insights from parents and educators, reflection questions, supplemental exercises to reinforce what you have learned, and access to a sampling of useful web-based resources

*Gilliam, W. S. (2005). Prekindergarteners left behind: Expulsion rates in state prekindergarten systems. New York: Foundation for Child Development.
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Section I: Overview: Early Social-Emotional Development and Intervention
  Chapter 1: The Impact of Early Social-Emotional Development
  Chapter 2: Environmental Influences and the Educator’s Role

Section II: Supporting Social-Emotional Growth
  Chapter 3: Guiding Principles
  Chapter 4: Strategies Supporting Social-Emotional Growth

Section III: We Can’t Do It Alone: Anticipating and Overcoming Obstacles
  Chapter 5: Potential Roadblocks to Implementing PBIS
  Chapter 6: Effective Family–Provider Communication
  Chapter 7: Next Steps for Sustaining Healthy Social-Emotional Development



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Alice Honig, Professor Emerita of Child Development, Syracuse University - April 12, 2018
"This book will make a fine reference text for the desk of every administrator of an early childhood program! The author provides clear, concise, and valuable insights and ideas specifically to enhance caregiver behaviors to optimize positive early emotional development. Teachers who apply the techniques suggested in these chapters will find deeper professional satisfaction in nurturing young children’s emotional growth as well in forging positive partnerships with families and with colleagues."
Elizabeth Steed, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver - March 22, 2018
"Dr. Edwards provides an easy-to-read guide for practitioners who wish to know more about why and how to support young children’s social-emotional development. The writing is accessible while also presenting current research findings so practitioners will have the most up-to-date information. Dr. Edwards provides clear, practical examples that bring concepts to life. Questions for reflection and supplemental exercises are provided throughout the book to aid in applying the book’s content to practice."
Erin Barton, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt University - March 5, 2018
"Dr. Edwards has created a comprehensive text for EI/ECSE professionals. She provides sound, practical strategies for adults to use across settings to support the emotional development of young children. The case studies and examples embedded throughout each chapter provide opportunities for readers to reflect on content to support their implementation. The text provides current, up-to-date knowledge regarding best practices and approaches, including the use of the Pyramid Model."
Laurie Dinnebeil, Distinguished University Professor and Daso Herb Chair, Editor, Journal of Early Intervention - March 5, 2018
"Helping young children develop the social-emotional skills they need to be effective in life is an important responsibility of early care and education providers, and this book will help them to understand why and how they can carry out this responsibility. I can't wait to have a copy of it on my bookshelf!"
Author: Nicole M. Edwards Ph.D.   Foreword Author: Susanne Denham Ph.D.
This book may be appropriate for courses similar to those listed below:

Preschool Child II     (ECED 0113)

Behavioral Support for Individuals with Disabilities: ECSE Section      (SEDP 631)

Individualized Intensive Interventions for Young Children: Social Emotional Development II      (EDUC 886)

Young Children with Special Needs     (CHFD 3234)

Development of Children and Youth with Disabilities     (SPED 6268)