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Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)

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Digital, State Level

The Preschool and Kindergarten Standards in Social-Emotional Learning and Approaches to Play and Learning help promote children’s overall healthy development and academic learning. A downloadable comprehensive word document detailing these standards. “The Social-Emotional Learning Standards present objectives in five areas: Self-Awareness (emotional expression, self-perception, self-efficacy), Self-Management (impulse control and self-management), Social Awareness (empathy, respect for others and for diversity), Relationship Skills (communication, relationship building, conflict management, seeking help), and Responsible Decision Making.

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The Cape Cod Collaborative
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Osterville, MA

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Guidelines on the Implementation of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Curricula K-12 Guidelines on Implementing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Curricula.

Developing students’ social and emotional competencies helps schools create safe learning environments that contribute to academic achievement for all. This document contains guidelines for schools and districts on how to effectively implement social and emotional learning curricula for students in grades K-12. The information provided relates to leadership, professional development, resource coordination, instructional approaches, policies and protocols, and collaboration with families. These guidelines and related resources are posted and will be updated on the Department’s bullying prevention and intervention pages.

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Cape Cod Community College
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2240 Iyannough Road
West Barnstable, MA 02668

CERTIFICATE in Early Childhood Education – Preschool
The Early Childhood Education certificates are designed to provide focused training in Early Childhood Education. Participants can elect either a preschool or an infant and toddler concentration. Students already employed in the field can use their centers as placement sites for the Practicum.
Certificate holders are eligible to apply to the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services for teacher certification. All courses can be transferred into the Early Childhood Education Associate in Science degree at Cape Cod Community College.

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International Journal of Special Education
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Online Journal

Teaching Social and Emotional Competence in Early Childhood
Richardson, Rita Coombs; Myran, Steve P.; Tonelson, Steve
International Journal of Special Education, v24 n3 p143-149 2009
This study evaluated the impact of a social skills curriculum on the social behaviors of students in two pre-kindergarten classrooms. Participating were 30 students in a program based at a university child study center. The average age of the participants was four years ten months. The income levels of the families varied from low social economic status to high middle economic status. Two examiners independently completed the Social Skills and Attitude Scale (SSAS) for each child. The examiners observed the children and recorded children’s pre and post intervention behaviors on a checklist. The study yielded positive evidence that the social skills instruction and activities in the “”Connecting with Others: Lessons for Teaching Social and Emotional Competence”” did make a meaningful difference. Paired sample t-tests were run on all Pre:/Post: test pairs in order to measure significant change in social skills behaviors over the course of the intervention. With the exception of Shares ideas, t-test results indicate significant change in social skills on all but one of the pretest/posttest pairs. (Contains 2 tables.)

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Cape Cod Toy Library
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1663 Main Street (6A)
West Barnstable, MA 02668

Cape Cod Toy Library promotes the value of play. It enhances the quality and frequency of constructive play experiences. It enriches the lives of children and their families and caregivers. It helps strengthen family relationships. It empowers parents to be partners in learning, and support child care providers and educators. And, it promotes quality of life and health of the community.

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YMCA Cape Cod

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2245 Route 132
West Barnstable, MA 02668

“We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, hundreds of youth today are taking a greater interest in learning; making smarter life choices; and cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, the pursuit of higher education and goal achievement.”

Families, Caregivers

American Phycological Association
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Online

Social Emotional Learning Collection
Magination Press, APA’s children’s book imprint, has teamed up with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) to highlight a Magination Press collection featuring a range of free resources, including puzzles and word games, designed to enhance both literacy skills and socioemotional engagement of young readers.

Browse our Magination Press Social Emotional Learning Collection, get inspired by the collection’s Social Emotional Learning Calendar, and explore the free resources created by RIF and APA to engage young readers and assist their caregivers.

Families, Caregivers

The Power of Play, Cape Cod Times Article
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Online

“Play is a phenomenal experience for kids. Playing rescue hero and saving others makes them feel powerful,” Carlsson-Paige says. “Kids make meaning out of their own experiences, and that’s how they work out things. That’s why it’s so vital that they do it every day.”

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Mass Audobon
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Online/Massachusetts

“The mission of our nature-based preschool is to facilitate experiences in nature that promote whole-child learning in cognitive, social-emotional, and physical realms while helping children develop a lifelong relationship with the outdoors.”

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Massachusetts Student and Family Support (SFS)

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Online

This website is an introduction to Social and Emotional Learning in Massachusetts Public Schools. The Department commonly uses the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL’s), definition of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): SEL is the process of developing students’ and adults’ social and emotional competencies-the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that individuals need to make successful choices.

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Google Books/Library
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Online

Google Book free to read online: How to Promote Children’s Social and Emotional Competence by Carolyn Webster-Stratton — This book is for teachers of children aged four-eight years. It shows how teachers can collaborate with parents in addressing children’s educational and emotional needs. The author presents a variety of classroom management strategies, which teachers can choose from to strengthen children’s social and academic competence. She believes that children’s emotional literacy is as important as academic literacy.

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Wallace Foundation
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Online, NY

“The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of the arts for everyone.” This website links to downloadable PDFs on Social & Emotional Learning in children.

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State of Indiana
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Online

Link to PDF/file briefly describes Sings of Social and Emotional Competence in Children along with a list of resources for families.

Families, Caregivers

Virtual Lab School
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Online

Promoting Children’s Social Skills and Emotional Competence
Social and emotional competence of children is a protective factor in preventing child abuse and neglect. In this lesson, you will learn strategies for promoting children’s social skills and emotional competence.

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Kids Matter Australia's YouTube Page

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YouTube

KidsMatter (www.kidsmatter.edu.au) is an Australian mental health and well-being initiative set in primary schools and early childhood education and care services (like preschools, kindergartens and day care centres).

It’s a framework that helps these places take care of children’s mental health needs by:
– creating positive school and early childhood communities
– teaching children skills for good social and emotional development
– working together with families
– recognising and getting help for children with mental health problems.

KidsMatter was developed by mental health professionals and education and childcare staff in response to the high rates of school-age children with mental health difficulties and the problems they face getting help. It is is a partnership between education and health sectors and is funded by the Australian Government and beyondblue (www.beyondblue.org.au).

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Committee for Children
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2815 Second Ave., Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98121 & Online

Founded in 1979, Committee for Children is a global nonprofit whose work is at the forefront of an irrepressible movement. A leader in the field, we champion the safety and well-being of kids through social-emotional learning (SEL) to fulfill our vision of safe children thriving in a just and peaceful world. “We’re committed to developing and supporting the use of research-based social-emotional learning (SEL) curricula in and out of school. SEL creates a positive school climate that supports learning and academic success while narrowing the achievement gap. Contributing to greater well-being, social-emotional skills help prevent youth violence, bullying, and substance abuse. To foster healthy development in children, we encourage parents, educators, and caregivers to model these skills at home and in the classroom, and we’re working tirelessly to reach children with the greatest needs. As we promote SEL, we advocate for public policies that support funding and practices that build knowledge and expand the field.”

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Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
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YouTube

Check out a school system that’s implemented social and emotional learning to great effect at the early childhood level: Racine (Wisconsin) Unified School District. Educators, parents, and a student share their experiences.

** Here’s how Racine’s work connects to Wisconsin’s Social and Emotional Learning Competencies:

To keep kids healthy, safe, supported and encouraged in school, Racine is helping young children learn skills to develop and maintain friendships (Social Competence #15, Self-Concept #8), resolve conflicts (Social Competence #19), problem solve (Social Competence #20), stay safe and be kind (Social Competence #18 and #22), as well as how to manage emotions (Emotional Development #3) and how to recognize their feelings and those of others (Emotional Development #1 and #2).

More info: https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health…

Families, Caregivers

Home Street Group
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YouTube

This video explores: What Is Social-Emotional Development? Video published by Home Street Group. Hope Street Group is a national organization that works to ensure every American will have access to tools and options leading to economic opportunity and prosperity. We do this by developing and accelerating the adoption of innovative, effective platforms and policies that strengthen the top drivers of economic opportunity by leveraging our network of practitioners, entrepreneurs, tech innovators and more. For more information, visit: www.hopestreetgroup.org.

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Phych2Go YouTube Channel

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YouTube

To create a more connected world through animated content that inspires, educates and entertains around topics like mental wellness, relationships, and self care. About this video: The 3 Stages of Emotional Child Development – Emotional development refers to the ability to recognize, express, and manage feelings at different stages of life and to have empathy for the feelings of others. Sometimes, this can be referred to as emotional intelligence. Healthy emotional development can set you up for a life of success when it comes to managing yourself and those around you.

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All About Young Children YouTube Channel
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YouTube

Examples of how children are learning about feelings and relationships for ages 8 months to 18 months followed by a group discussion by parents.

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The Atlantic, News/Media
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Online

The Atlantic Article Mister Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children
The TV legend possessed an extraordinary understanding of how kids make sense of language. By Maxwell King

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