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

Elizabeth Wilcox

In late September, Beginnings School founder and Housman Institute CEO Dr. Donna Housman visited China at the invitation of a range of early childhood schools.

Her weeklong visit to Shanghai and Beijing was driven by growing awareness around the importance of integrating social, emotional and cognitive learning into early childhood education, as research now shows that skills such as empathy, self-regulation, and emotional competence are foundational to children’s lifelong learning, success, mental health and well-being.

The begin to…ECSEL approach, practiced at the Housman Institute’s Lab School Beginnings, has been shown to significantly improve these competencies and children who receive begin to…ECSEL significantly outperform their peers in these important constructs.

Read more about her trip and the growing awareness of the need for emotional, cognitive and social early learning.

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