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Teaching Kids Kindness Prepares Them for Success

Dr. Donna Housman

November marks World Kindness Day, observed for over twenty years in many countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Nigeria, and the United Arab Emirates. Through the begin to ECSEL program, overseen by Housman Institute,...

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When Kids Inevitably Push Boundaries

Jill Gerson

This month, The Boston Globe published an article about how childhood misbehavior is an essential stepping stone in the development of emotional intelligence. The unique, evidence-based begin to ECSEL program -- offered at Beginnings School -- was...

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Welcome Letter from the Director

I am thrilled to welcome you to the 2019-2020 School Year!    The energy and creativity of the teachers and students at Beginnings make our school a very special place for children and families. One of our most unique features at Beginnings is our...

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Integrating Emotion and Cognition through begin to ECSEL™ in the Age of Technology

Dr. Donna Housman

Given the accelerating pace of change around the globe, it is no surprise that the world of schooling, and more specifically, early education, is also undergoing massive transformations. As new technologies appear on the market and trickle down into...

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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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Managing the Disappointment of Perceived Failure and Other Critical Skills

Beginnings School

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

Beginnings School

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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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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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...