Social & Emotional Well-Being
Healthy Child Care Colorado partners with local, state, and national stakeholders to promote and support health, safety, and wellness best practices in early childhood education settings. Child health and well-being are important to us. We focus on social and emotional well-being by developing and delivering professional development programs that raise awareness and support the integration of best practices and policies.
Early childhood professionals play an important role in helping children develop social and emotional skills. Being socially and emotionally healthy is important for all children. Ensuring access to evidence-based, inclusive early childhood social/emotional practices for caregivers and teachers in all early childhood education settings is a priority area for Healthy Child Care Colorado.
The Pyramid Plus Center
The Pyramid Plus Center works to improve the social and emotional competence and inclusion of young children through use of the Pyramid Plus Approach: embedded inclusion practices within the Pyramid Model framework and along the developmental continuum (birth to age 5). This approach builds on the work of the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Interventions (TACSEI), and the SpecialQuest Approach and materials. The goal of the Pyramid Plus Center is to increase the use of these evidence-based, early childhood social emotional and inclusive practices in early childhood education settings including centers and family child care homes.
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
The Center provides Practical Strategies for Teachers/Caregivers on its website. The evidence-based resources and information located on this page are free and downloadable to teachers, caregivers and parents. They include scripted stories for social situations, tools for building relationships, a social emotional book list for children birth to age five and specific Book Nook activities for select titles, resources for the intentional teaching of social emotional skills, and tools for developing behavior support plans.
Creating Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behavior
This is a free product developed by the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI). This model gives teachers practical strategies, developed from TACSEI’s research activities and experiences in Positive Behavior Support, to create a plan to support young children having challenging behavior. The resources provide easily accessible ideas and materials such as handouts, worksheets, techniques, strategies, and visuals to support children in the classroom and other learning environments. They also include ideas on effective intervention approaches for children who do not need a functional assessment to determine the function of the child’s problem behavior or a team-based process to address persistent challenging behavior. These materials were designed for reproduction and may be duplicated for educational purposes.