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Fathers and Sons at Beginnings

Andrew Blacquier

In a discussion about the importance of a father’s role in child development, someone once told me that “children view anything their dad does with them to be either fun or important.” As a male teacher at Beginnings School, I see the importance of...

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Raising Successful Children: One Teacher's Perspective

Jill Gerson

Full disclosure, I am a Beginnings teacher, not a mother  —  but I had the wonderful luck of being raised by an amazing one. My mother was kind, generous, personable and confident. When she passed away in 2007, I was 12 years old. Despite our...

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School Tour Clues to a Quality Early Childhood Center

Anna Manassah

Your school tour is a very important assessment tool in identifying the right early childhood environment for your child. As a long-time teacher, administrator, lower school coordinator, and mother to a one-year old son, I have given a lot of...

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Managing the Disappointment of Perceived Failure and Other Critical Skills

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At Beginnings, we accept feelings of failure and frustration. We acknowledge that children are sometimes sad or angry. We respect their right to be disappointed. In the current environment of what The Boston Globe recently labeled Snowplow Parenting...

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Study shows begin to...ECSEL promotes emotional intelligence skills

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A new study from Housman Institute shows that begin to…ECSEL —an emotional, cognitive, and social early learning program for children from birth—quantifiably improves emotional competence, self-regulation, empathy and other critical emotional,...

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Why Beginnings is the Leader in Early Childhood Education

Elizabeth Wilcox

Thirty five years ago, just before Dr. Donna Housman founded Beginnings School and Child Development Center, the government produced a bleak report called “A Nation at Risk” on the future of U.S. Education. Last month, one of the country’s leading...

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Watch our video about our evidence-based program, begin to...ECSEL

Elizabeth Wilcox

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What is our evidence-based Begin to...ECSEL program?

Elizabeth Wilcox

Wondering what makes our school unique and our program so effective? Watch our video about our evidence-based emotional, cognitive and social early learning program, begin to...ECSEL. Learn why promoting emotional competence, self-regulation,...

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Dr. Housman Speaking at Harvard on the Importance of Promoting Emotional, Cognitive and Social Early Learning

Elizabeth Wilcox

Last May, Dr. Housman spoke at Harvard University's China Education Symposium on how to effectively promote early learning from birth and how the program she developed, begin to...ECSEL, strengthens foundational emotional, cognitive and social...

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One Teacher's Perspective on Teacher Training at Beginnings

Beginnings School and Child Development Center is unique for many reasons. Among those reasons is our unique, evidence-based begin to…ECSEL approach that has been shown to improve what is commonly referred to as Emotional Intelligence, what academia...

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Managing the Disappointment of Perceived Failure and Other Critical Skills
At Beginnings, we accept feelings of failure and frustration. We acknowledge that children are...
Why Beginnings is the Leader in Early Childhood Education
Thirty five years ago, just before Dr. Donna Housman founded Beginnings School and Child...
Watch Our Video on Begin to...ECSEL
Learn more about our evidence-based emotional, cognitive and social early learning program, begin...
Beginnings to China: An Early Learning, Cross-Cultural Collaboration
In late September, Beginnings School founder and Housman Institute CEO Dr. Donna Housman visited...
Dr Housman Speaks at Harvard Graduate School
On Saturday, April 21, Beginnings School and Housman Institute Founder Dr. Donna Housman spoke on...