• Early Childhood Education

    Why Begin to…ECSEL Supports the Growth of Emotional Intelligence

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    Beginnings School and Child Development Center is steeped in the knowledge that emotional intelligence matters. A large body of research has shown that developing the skills associated with emotional intelligence can have a profound impact on academic, career and overall life success. Moreover, researchers in the field of child development and...

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    A Tribute to Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

    Elizabeth Wilcox       

    Reading to children at night, responding to their smiles with a smile, returning their vocalizations with one of your own, touching them, holding them - all of these further a child's brain development and future potential, even in the earliest months. – Dr. T. Berry Brazelton  March marks the passing of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, a...

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    Day Care Center vs. Child Development Center

    Elizabeth Wilcox       

    We all want what is best for our children. We also know that the first years of a child’s life provide a critical foundation for a child’s long-term success and well-being. Not only is brain development most rapid and significant in the early years with an estimated 90% of growth achieved by age three, but the caregiver plays a pivotal role in...

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    Building Blocks at Beginnings

    Elizabeth Wilcox       

    We were very much struck by this recent article in Forbes Magazine that addressed how people with emotional intelligence respond in times of high stress. What...

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  • Early Childhood Education

    Parent Endorsement of Beginnings

    Elizabeth Wilcox       

    Dear Beginnings, First, congratulations on the article in the International Journal of Child Care and Education. Really wonderful to see your research highlighted
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  • Early Childhood Education

    Emotion is our first language

    Elizabeth Wilcox       

    Children communicate through expressions of emotion, which is our first language universally. Knowing one's own and others’ emotions, as well as regulating them, is what is known as emotional competence or, in common parlance, emotional intelligence. Caregivers and early childhood educators are crucial in promoting the growth of these...
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  • Early Childhood Education

    Assessing Social and Emotional Learning

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    Can we measure the growth of our students’ social and emotional learning skills? Our country’s K-12 principals suggest a resounding yes. According to a 2017 survey from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), over 80% of K-12...
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  • Early Childhood Education

    A Toddler Teacher’s Reflection: By Susan B. Hughes

    Elizabeth Wilcox       

    From the moment you enter the classroom, to the end of the day when you turn out the lights, our begin to…ECSEL teaching approach guides our day. When I enter the classroom to set it up for the morning, I am mindful of making sure that our teaching tools for emotional, cognitive and social development are ready for the day. I have learned how...

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    Prepare Your Kids for Daylight Savings

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    With the approach of daylight savings, I always have a few parents reach out to me as to how best to handle the daylight shift. In my experience, I have found children’s adjustment often varies by age. The disruption to the young baby’s sleep schedule is worse than the disruption to older children’s who are sleeping through the...

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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...

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