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Beginnings to China: An Early Learning, Cross-Cultural Collaboration

Elizabeth Wilcox

Growing awareness around the importance of integrating social, emotional and cognitive learning into early childhood education was evident on a recent trip to China by Beginnings School Founder and Housman Institute CEO, Dr. Donna Housman. Dr....

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How to Help Our Children and Ourselves Manage the Back-to-School Transition

Dr. Donna Housman

The start of school brings a lot of changes—new teachers, new schedules and new school challenges. With these changes often come excitement and joy, frequently paired with anxiety, worry and fear. As parents, we can help our children understand that...

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A Pre-Visit Prep Guide for Your Child Development Center Tour

Deciding on the right care for your child outside the home can be a very difficult decision. Scheduling a tour of nearby child development centers is a critical first step. To prepare for your visit, it can be beneficial to get a better sense of the...

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Teaching through Talking about Emotions at Beginnings

Susan Hughes

Using supportive emotional language in the classroom when a young child is in a heightened emotional state has many benefits, among them helping them to become emotionally intelligent. This so-called Causal Talk in the Emotional Experience (CTEE) is...

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Promoting Young Children’s Mental Health

Elizabeth Wilcox

May is Mental Health Month and much attention is being put toward our country’s children who in any given year, says the CDC, show signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder at a rate of one in five. Less clear is the incidence of mental health...

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When Should You Toilet Train Your Child?

Elizabeth Wilcox

Are you interested in knowing just when your child is ready to be toilet trained? About two dozen people joined the Beginnings School and Child Development Center on Tuesday, October 24 to learn more about when to start and how to succeed at toilet...

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Why Teaching Emotional Competence to Young Children Matters So Much

Dr. Donna Housman

In December, Nobel Laureate in Economics and University of Chicago Professor James Heckman released another report evidencing that quality early childhood education provides persistent boosts in socio-emotional skills and that socio-emotional skills...

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Why Creative Play Matters

Dr. Donna Housman

I just read an interesting piece in The Atlantic that stressed the importance of creative play. The article includes an interview with psychology professor and writer Alison Gopnik about her latest book The Gardener and the Carpenter that argues...

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Early Childhood Education

Closing the Achievement Gap through High-Quality Early Education

Dr. Donna Housman

“Ensuring that all children are entering kindergarten with the foundational academic skills they need to succeed is a major priority for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners alike. Early childhood education programs show promise toward this...

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Boston Globe Letters: At age 5, focus should be on emotions, not testing

Dr. Donna Housman

Dr. Donna Housman's thoughts on the shortcomings of Common Core were recently published in the Sunday Globe. Dr. Housman responded to Is the Common Core killing kindergarten?. She wrote about the importance of self-regulation from the beginning and...

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In the News

Dr Housman Speaks at Harvard Graduate School
On Saturday, April 21, Beginnings School and Housman Institute Founder Dr. Donna Housman spoke on...
Why Begin to…ECSEL Supports the Growth of Emotional Intelligence
Beginnings School and Child Development Center is steeped in the knowledge that emotional...
A Tribute to Dr. T. Berry Brazelton
Reading to children at night, responding to their smiles with a smile, returning their...
Day Care Center vs. Child Development Center
We all want what is best for our children. We also know that the first years of a child’s life...
Building Blocks at Beginnings
We were very much struck by this recent article in Forbes Magazine that addressed how people with...