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Spotlight on Social and Emotional Learning

Research increasingly suggests that social and emotional learning makes a positive difference for children as it relates to important life outcomes like academic success as they progress through school and in terms of earnings potential as adults in the workforce. The encouraging news is that these interpersonal or soft skills can be taught and nurtured by parents, caregivers, educators and service providers to support children in developing their ability to communicate effectively and to regulate emotions and behavior in ways that lead to improved social interactions and long-term positive outcomes. We hope that the following tips and resources will be helpful to you and the families you serve as we work together to provide children the best possible foundations for success!
Tip of the Month
Parents and caregivers play a large role in their children's social and emotional development, which encompasses mental health, social competence, and overall wellbeing. Here are a few tips on how they can support this development and foster healthy relationship skills:
  • Provide a safe, loving environment for your child to feel comfortable communicating with you. Help your children express their feelings through language, art, and play.
  • When your child expresses their feelings and needs, be responsive and supportive.
  • Be a good role model. Children frequently learn behaviors from their parents, so work to express your own emotions in constructive ways.
You can find more tips like these in our virtual library on the Strengthening Families: Social and Emotional Competence tip sheet. 

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