“The approach of Emotional, Cognitive, Social Early Learning (ECSEL) that Dr. Housman has created is one of the best philosophies you will find in early education.”
– Beginnings Early Childhood Educator, Kim
ECSEL (Emotional Cognitive Social Early Learning) is based on rigorous scientific research on child development and the role of emotions in shaping behavior, learning and brain development. ECSEL helps children develop the capacity to constructively express, effectively deal with and successfully manage inevitable frustrations, distresses and anxieties – creating the pathways of optimal learning.
This builds confidence, resiliency and understanding of how to successfully manage emotions. ECSEL is distinct because it uses real time in emotional interactions – in the heat of the moment – as learning opportunities.
Core components of ECSEL:
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, ECSEL incorporates the appropriate techniques and tools for building emotional competencies and self-regulation.
Unique, developmentally appropriate tools build emotional competence. ECSEL incorporates a set of tools designed to help children develop core emotional competency skills on their pathway to developing self-regulation. These 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, unique to ECSEL, are introduced at developmentally appropriate stages and can be used throughout childhood and beyond.