“The emotional, cognitive, social early learning program, Begin to ECSEL™, that Dr. Housman has created is one of the best philosophies you will find in early education.”
– Beginnings Early Childhood Educator, Kim
Housman Institute's program, begin to ECSEL™ is an emotional, cognitive and social early learning program that is based on rigorous scientific research on child development and the role of emotions in shaping behavior, learning and brain development. The evidence-based program helps children develop the capacity to constructively express, effectively deal with, and successfully manage inevitable frustrations, distresses and anxieties – creating pathways for optimal learning. By learning to effectively express, deal with and manage heightened emotions - both their own and others, children become not only better problem solvers and better learners, but they also become more confident and resilient . Begin to ECSEL™ is distinct because it uses these emotional interactions as learning opportunities.
Children are born ready to learn. Beginnings School starts teaching emotional competencies to infants as young as three months old. Based on a child’s development, begin to ECSEL™ incorporates the appropriate techniques and tools for promoting the building blocks of emotional intelligence, or what is commonly called emotional competence, as well as associated emotional, cognitive and social skills such as self-regulation, empathy and prosocial skills. This approach to children's development and growth is integrated into our existing daily and robust developmentally appropriate curricula.
Unique, developmentally appropriate tools build emotional competence. The begin to ECSEL™ program incorporates a set of tools designed to help children develop core emotional competency skills on their pathway to developing self-regulation and other emotional, cognitive and social early learning skills and competencies. These emotional competencies start with being able to identify and label their own emotions, move on to understanding cause and effect relationships between emotions and behavior, and eventually include finding constructive ways to resolve interpersonal issues. These tools are introduced at developmentally appropriate stages and integrated into our daily curricula.