Happy Girl Playing Outside On The GrassTheme: Social-Emotional Development

Welcome to the September 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources—the CPIR. In this issue we turn the spotlight on the social and emotional development of young children. You can share this information with the families you serve, use it in your own professional development activities, and apply it in your SSIP work for Part C. Many states (n=30) have chosen “improving the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers with disabilities” as their SSIP target for improving outcomes for children in Part C.


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New Resources in the Hub

What’s new in the resource library? Here are 2 on our theme!

Federal policy statement on including children with disabilities in high-quality early childhood programs.
Hot off the press from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this joint policy statement indicates that all young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs, where they are provided with individualized and appropriate support in meeting high expectations. Free resources useful for states, local providers, and families are also identified.

Preschool Inclusion Series | Videos and training materials.
(Available in English and Spanish) The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library includes videos and training materials to support high-quality inclusion of preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) in early care and education settings that are responsive to the priority and concerns of families. The series includes 4 video programs (English, English open-captioned, Spanish open-captioned), 5 training scripts, and related handouts in English and Spanish.

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Spotlight on…Social-Emotional Development

As mentioned, the majority of states have chosen “improving the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers with disabilities” as their State-Identified Measurable Result (SIMR) for early intervention (Part C). But what is social-emotional development, how is it measured, and what evidence-based tools and strategies are available to guide states’ work in this area?

Social and emotional development milestones.
With respect to social-emotional development, what types of behavior and skills might we expect from a baby? From a 1-year-old, or a 2-year-old? Consult this catchy chart put together by PBS, which summarizes milestones up to age 5.

The social emotional development of young children: Resource guide for Healthy Start staff.
This 14-page guide describes how children develop social and emotional skills; gives the basics about early brain development; and discusses how staff can help parents promote healthy social-emotional development in their children.

How is social-emotional competence screened and assessed?
This 19-page research synthesis provides information for early care and education providers on using evidence-based practices in screening and assessing the social-emotional competence of infants, toddlers, and young children. The synthesis is organized around common questions related to screening and assessing social-emotional competence.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

This section of the Buzz identifies useful resources you might share with families or mention in your own news bulletins. The emphasis in this section is, of course, on social-emotional development.

Parent Portal on social-emotional development.
Zero to Three has just launched a Parent Portal, which includes an entire section on social-emotional development—where you’ll find tipsheets, podcasts, FAQs, and videos on the subject.

Family tools for nurturing children’s social-emotional development.
(Available in English and Spanish) Visit this landing page at the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundation of Early Learning (CSEFEL) and the door of resources for families opens wide! From “Teaching Your Child To: Identify and Express Emotions” to “Tips on Nurturing your Child’s Social Emotional Development”, these tip sheets are short, family-friendly, and backed by research. Several tip sheets are also available in Spanish.

Video | Promoting social and emotional competence in early childhood.
Practitioners explain the components of the evidence-based Pyramid Model in this 27-minute video and highlight the benefits of supporting children’s healthy social-emotional development. Parents share their perspectives, too.

Podcast | Early experiences count: How emotional development unfolds starting at birth.
In this podcast, Dr. Ross Thompson describes how early emotional development unfolds and what parents can do to nurture strong, positive social and emotional skills starting at birth.

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Just for Parent Centers: Resources for SSIP Involvement, Part C

What evidence-based practices exist for improving the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers with disabilities? What might Parent Centers contribute to the discussions that are now taking place, as states define what improvement strategies and evidence-based practices they’re going to use to achieve their SIMR for Part C? Hopefully, the resources below will inform!!

Social-emotional development in early childhood: What every policy maker should know.
What does research tell us about children’s social-emotional development in early childhood? What family and environmental risk factors make children vulnerable to social, emotional, and behavioral problems? What barriers prevent families and children from getting the help they need? This discussion from the National Center for Children in Poverty is data-driven, detailed, and important for all those involved in making decisions affecting children’s social and emotional well-being.

The Pyramid Model | Narrated PowerPoint presentation.
(Available in English and Spanish) In this 11-minute presentation, the components of the Pyramid Model are explained, including how the model corresponds to the range of children’s social-emotional needs, from nurturing relationships to addressing challenging behaviors. A Spanish version is also available.

How to choose a social-emotional curriculum.
Today, there are many curricula that focus on young children’s social-emotional development. The purpose of the this 2-pager is not to recommend any specific curriculum but, rather, to offer guidance on how to choose the one that will best meet the needs and concerns at hand.

Compendium of screening measures for young children.
This resource is a collection of research-based screening tools for children under the age of 5. Practitioners in early care and education, primary health care, child welfare, and mental health can use this reference to learn cost, administration time, quality level, training required, and age range covered for each screening tool.

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Logo of the Center for Center for Parent Information and ResourcesThe CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at lkupper@fhi360.org to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR’s listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Our very best to you,

Debra, Indira, Lisa, and Myriam
The CPIR Team


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