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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.

Task 3: Understand the Emotional and Social Development of the Early Learner

Guideline: As noted in the Merck Manual Home Health Handbook, "Emotion and behavior are based on the child's developmental stage and temperament. Every child has an individual temperament, or mood. Some children may be cheerful and adaptable and easily develop regular routines of sleeping, waking, eating, and other daily activities. These children tend to respond positively to new situations. Other children are not very adaptable and may have great irregularities in their routine. These children tend to respond negatively to new situations. Still other children are in between." Being aware of how young learners develop emotionally helps educators of young learners understand their young students. This task provides resources explaining how young learners develop emotionally.




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.


Children's Emotional Development is Built into the Architecture of Their Brains

This link at the Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child website is to a National Scientific Council on the Developing Child working paper on the emotional development in children. As noted at the website, this report presents an overview of the scientific research on how a child's capacity to regulate emotions develops in a complex interaction with his or her environment and ongoing cognitive, motor, and social development. It then discusses the implications of this research for policies affecting young children, their caregivers, and service providers.