Social Emotional Development
It not only impacts all other areas of growth and development, it is the foundation upon which all future development is built.
What caregivers share with & give children today, they will carry inside themselves forever.
Sets the “playing field” for school readiness & lifelong success. Children who have healthy social emotional skills tend to learn better, are more likely to stay in school & will be better able to make & keep lifelong friends.
Behavior is how children communicate their needs
Children often develop coping skills that may be interpreted as challenging behavior
It's an adults job to provide guidance & support for young children to express themselves/communicate their needs in appropriate ways
We teach children how to read, write, skip or ride a bike. If a child does not know how to behave, we teach social emotional skills!
Strategies to address Intensive & Targeted services are developed during Case Management & Child Success Team (CST) Meetings.
Child Care Specialist assist the Providers in developing plans to implement strategies that provide guidance & support for children so that children can communicate their needs in appropriate ways.
Staff, providers & parents work together to help young children develop social emotional skills & reduce challenging behaviors by focusing on one topic each month.
Child Care Specialist or Designee observes teaching strategies and works with providers in developing plans for additional support. In addition, determines if the Provider’s focus should be on Level 1 or Level 2 strategies.