Fostering Core Skills

Explore what children’s social-emotional skills look like and how you can support their development with your everyday interactions

Our Commitment

Our goal is to provide materials and guidance to early childhood professionals, so they may support each and every child’s learning. We are committed to gathering and creating resources that represent teachers, children, and families who–historically and presently–are not always fully, accurately, or positively represented in the early childhood community. We are actively working to increase the visibility of children and teachers of color, children with disabilities, and English language learners in our images, video examples, and written resources.

Fostering Relationships

Support a child’s ability to connect with adults, engage with peers, and foster their growing sense of self 

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Teacher-Child Relationships

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Peer Relationships

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Problem Solving With Others

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Fostering Empathy

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Developing Self-Confidence

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Cultivating Sense of Self

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Supporting Self-Regulation

Help young children work through strong emotions, regulate their behavior, and grow their executive function skills

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Recognize and Describe Emotions

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Support Strong Emotions

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Support Children's Behavior

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Foster Focus and Attention

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Support Working Memory

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Support Cognitive Flexibility

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