Outlines the risks faced by young children with social, emotional, and behavioral problems, as well as barriers to eligibility, access to services, and service utilization. The authors conclude by recommending policy improvements needed by young children and their families.
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1. Promoting Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning and Development
Beginning early in life, social and emotional learning (SEL) is highly important for helping preschool children to understand and manage their emotions, feel and show empathy for others, establish healthy relationships, set positive goals, and make responsible decisions. Effective SEL programming, from preschool through college, will promote the successful development of social and emotional skills that will lead to future healthy interpersonal relationships, association with nonviolent peers, and improved academic achievement.
When integrated efforts are used to develop students’ social and emotional skills, there are many positive outcomes, including prevention of risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying, and dropping out). To effectively promote early childhood SEL, schools and community agencies/organizations should provide professional development on implementing evidence-based SEL programs to staff who can incorporate these programs into their lessons. Lastly, it is important for all child-serving entities to incorporate SEL components into all of their programs and services.
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