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Emotionally-Minded Books to Share with Your Child this Holiday Season

At Beginnings School, Housman Institute's lab school, we recognize the profound importance of building the foundation for emotional intelligence in children from birth. Our begin to ECSEL program helps children recognize, understand, regulate and...

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Science-Backed Benefits of Practicing Gratitude with Kids

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we here at Beginnings are reflecting on gratitude and what it means for the development of emotional intelligence in young children. Robert Emmons, Ph.D. is the world’s leading scientific expert on...

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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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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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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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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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Helping Hands: The Importance of Cleaning Up

Dr. Donna Housman

Let’s face it…life can get messy, especially at home with the kids. But it doesn’t matter whether you are a kid at heart or a kid who just wants an extra hour of play time, clean up time is important. Like many parents who can relate to this Wall...

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Bullying Pains

Dr. Donna Housman

When it comes to bullying, everyone is hurting—parents, teachers, children, including the bully, believe it or not. It’s a stressful problem that needs to be regulated and identified in children—both in young targets and young oppressors. Typically,...

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Bullying Prevention Month

Dr. Donna Housman

This month, schools nationwide are joining forces in a big fight—a fight against bullying. It’s an important issue for parents, caregivers, and teachers to anticipate; that's why I have been raising awareness about the problem for about 30 years....

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In the News

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...