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Early Language & Literacy KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Early Language and Literacy KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting language and literacy development in early learners from birth through age eight. Its focus is to support parents and caregivers in helping early learners with their language and literacy development, and teachers in enhancing their instruction for early learners from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3.

Sub-task 3: A Socially Responsive Learning Environment



"You Got It" Teaching Social and Emotional Skills

This article authored by faculty of the University of South Florida's Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute explores how to teach social and emotional skills to early learners. Development of this article was supported by U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.


Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

This link is to the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning's (CSEFEL) website. As noted at its website, the center is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. The center is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau. The Center is located at Vanderbilt University.


Helping Children Play and Learn Together

Authored by the University Of Illinois' Michaelene M. Ostrosky and Illinois State University's Hedda Meadan, this article address teaching young children the necessary social skills to play and learn together.


Social-Emotional Development in Young Children

This guide prepared by the Michigan Department of Community Health provides information on the social emotional development of young children, age birth to three. The guide's content is aimed at educators and health practitioners working with young children. Though intended for Michigan practitioners, the guide's general content may be helpful to educators in other states.


Social-emotional Development in Early Childhood

This National Center for Children Poverty policy brief explores the issues associated with the social-emotional development of young children living in poverty. Educators of young learners serving children of poverty may find its content helpful.


Vygotsky's Social Development Theory

This article at the Simply Psychology website reviews Lev Vygotsky's socio-cultural approach to cognitive development