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Useful Resources on Social and
Emotional Health and Resilience

Fall 2011

Resources to Support Children after a Traumatic Event

With the recent tenth anniversary of 9/11, a lot of resources were in the limelight to help families and professionals to effectively support young children.

  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network website: List resources available.  Military families, natural disasters, terrorism, domestic abuse, bullying.  Most resources are available in English and Spanish. 
    Visit: - for guidance, tools, and links.

  • From Zero to Three: Little Listeners in an Uncertain World: Coping Strategies for You and Your Young Child After Traumatic Events

  • National The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is currently offering a free webinar series sponsored by their Zero to Six Workgroup titled the "Zero to Six Child Welfare Series".  All topics in the series are related to early childhood child welfare and trauma.  To register for this series or to find out about other free learning opportunities related to child welfare and childhood trauma go to

  • The ACES Study (Adverse Childhood Experiences) is an ongoing collaborative between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente.  Led by Co-principal Investigators Robert F. Anda, MD, MS, and Vincent J. Felitti, MD, the ACE Study is perhaps the largest scientific research study of its kind, analyzing the relationship between multiple categories of childhood trauma (ACEs), and health and behavioral outcomes later in life:

American Psychological Association - The Road to Resilience

This website offers information, resources and support to promote resilience.  Most resources are available in English and Spanish. Visit the website:

Neurotransmitters: How Brain Cells Use Chemicals to Communicate

May 2011, Brain Briefings, published by the Society for Neuroscience.  Whether it is learning a new fact or deciding which way to move, tasks executed by our brains rely on the smooth and efficient release of neurotransmitters, chemicals that send messages from one brain cell to another. Research has unlocked the molecular and cellular mysteries of this complex process - discoveries that one day may help treat some of the most severe and deadly diseases of the brain.  To read the full issue online:

Can a Playground Be Too Safe?

SCIENCE | July 19, 2011, By JOHN TIERNEY
Efforts to regulate playground equipment to prevent injuries may stunt emotional development, a new study suggests. Read more here »

Voices DVDs from Child Care Information Exchange: Hear the Expers on Various Early Childhood Topics

This powerful series of DVDs offers you practical ideas and experienced insights from seasoned professionals who speak with the passion and perspective that can only come from years of working with directors, teachers, young children, and their families. Interlaced with real-life classroom video, they provide a rich platform for staff development and training sessions that will inspire, motivate, teach, provoke new thinking, and generate lively discussions. Choose from four DVDs include the following topics:

  • - Building Environments
  • - Caring for Infants and Toddlers
  • - Child Assessment
  • - Supporting Teacher Performance

Purchase Voices DVDs »

The Academic, Social and Emotional Learning Act

Introduced to legislation in July, this act is available for view on the website of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). To learn more about the importance of Social and Emotional Learning, policy efforts nationwide, or to examine the social and emotional learning standards for your state, this website is full of useful information.

Children's Defense Fund: State of America's Children, 2011

For those who have been through DECA Program training in the past 12 years, you may recall we use the statistics from the Children’s Defense Fund to set the stage for risk factors that affect children and families. This document, thought heartbreaking, has a lot of useful information.

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"Preschool Grow their Brains - Shifting Mindset for Greater Resiliency and Better Problem Solving" From NAEYC's Young Children, Sept 2011

Enjoy this article written by Shelby Pawlina and Christine Stanford that was recently featured in NAEYC’s Young Children Magazine.

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Reaching In - Reaching Out (RIRO): 38 Measures to Assess Aspects of Resiliency

It bears repeating... You may recall last October that RIRO released a summary of 38 measures that assess aspects of resiliency. First on the list for preschool? The DECA! First on the list for Elementary School? The DESSA!

Find the full report here »

From Zero to Three:
Parent's View of Early Social and Emotional Development: More than Meets the Eye

by: Emily K. Newton and Ross A. Thompson

Parents responding to the ZERO TO THREE poll, "Parenting Infants and Toddlers Today," (Zero to Three, March 2010) showed excellent understanding of early childhood development, but they also underestimated young infants' emotional sensitivity and overestimated toddlers' capacities for self-regulation. This article reviews these results along with research findings on the complex emotional lives of infants, the ways that caregivers' emotions affect development in the first months of life, the development of self-awareness, and the extended period of time necessary for developing self-regulation in the preschool years. Click here to read this free article now.

Summer 2011


Building Strong Systems of Support
for Young Children's Mental Health

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new report that describes key strategies for creating a comprehensive system of supports for young children's mental health. It provides examples from states using these strategies and includes a tool that state planners can use to assess progress and plan steps toward building a strong system of early childhood mental health supports. Building Strong Systems of Support for Young Children's Mental Health: Key Strategies for States and a Planning Tool (June 2011), by Sheila Smith, Shannon Stagman, Susan Blank, Christine Ong, and Kendra McDow is available online at

New Resources from the Center for Early Childhood
Mental Health Consultation

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation recently published the following new resources:

  • Tutorial: Recognizing and Supporting the Social and
    Emotional Health of Young Children Birth to Age 5

    This tutorial provides early childhood mental health consultants with a detailed understanding of the behaviors related to social and emotional health in infants and young children, as well as strategies that adults can use to support these behaviors within every day routines and settings.
  • Infant Toddler Temperament Tool
    This tool helps parents and caregivers explore their own temperament traits, as well as those of a child for whom they provide care. Results support parents and caregivers in understanding how adult and child similarities and differences in temperament traits may affect "goodness of fit" and provide tips to foster the unique temperament of each child within their care.
    Infant Toddler Temperament Tool »

"Brain Hero" - A New 3-Minute Video from the
Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University

The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University has released a new 3-minute video entitled Brain Hero (2011) that adapts the visual sensibility of interactive game models to a video format. Based loosely on such games as "Guitar Hero," "SimCity," and "The Game of Life," the video portrays how actions taken by parents, teachers, policymakers, and others can impact life outcomes for both the child and the surrounding community. For more, or to watch the video:

Special Journal Section on Social Emotional Issues
in Early Childhood Settings

The Spring 2011 issue of Early Childhood Research & Practice (ECRP) is now available online. It contains a special section on Social-Emotional Issues in Early Childhood Settings. ECRP is a free online journal featuring articles related to the development, care, and education of children from birth to age 8. It is published by the Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Visit:

Literature Review on Relationship-Based Learning

The link below offers many articles, research studies, and resources on relationship-based learning:

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CASEL Offers "SEL in Your State" Web-link

Click on a state and an age group to see relevant social emotional learning standards.

SEL in Your State »

Updated Teaching Tools for Children with Challenging Behavior

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has updated its Teaching Tools for Young Children (TTYC) to include strategies for toddlers. The teaching tools give teachers practical strategies to create a plan to support young children who are having challenging behavior, including prevention, intervention, and response strategies. In addition, there is an expanded manual that includes using TTYC with toddlers, a decision tree, forms for teaming, tips for consultation to the classroom, and guidance on assessing implementation and outcomes. To learn more, go to

Early Childhood Tool and State Policy Profiles from
National Center for Children in Poverty

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has released an online tool, The Young Child Risk Calculator, which shows users how many children under age six in each state are experiencing serious risks to their development. The tool allows users to select from three age groups: 0-3, 3-5, and 0-6, as well as three economic and various other risk factors known to affect children’s development. It is available online at

NCCP has also recently updated their Early Childhood State Policy Profiles, which provide a comprehensive view of state policies in the areas of health, early care and education, parenting and economic supports affecting the health and well-being of young children in low-income families. These can be accessed at

Early Childhood Education Professional Development:
Training and Technical Assistance Glossary

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) announce the release of this new resources.

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The definitions were developed for those who provide professional development, state policy makers, early education advocates, and program administrators working to connect professional development activities and initiatives into an integrated system. The glossary is intended to serve as a guide for states to adapt and adjust as needed to meet their specific needs. The definitions are also designed to provide common understandings, or starting points, for research and national or cross-state discussions.

Children's Right to Play

This paper from Bernard Van Leer Foundation provides an examination of the importance of play in the lives of children worldwide. Wendy Russell and Stuart Lester of the UK's University of Gloucestershire argue that play is fundamental to the health and well-being of children, and that state signatories to Convention on the Rights of the Child - as well as adults more generally - should recognize, respect and promote play as a right.

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Spring 2011

Study Shows Infants and Toddlers Seldom
Get Treatment for Mental Health Issues

Infants and toddlers can suffer serious mental health disorders, yet they are unlikely to receive treatment that could prevent lasting developmental problems, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. One barrier to mental health care for young children is "the pervasive, but mistaken, impression that young children do not develop mental health problems.


Three Helpful Resources from the Center for
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

1) Stress can take a toll on the health and effectiveness of early childhood providers and parents. Stress can also impact the quality of care young children receive. When caregivers are too stressed, it is difficult for them to offer the praise, nurture and structure that children need. To help address this issue, the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC) has released a collection of resources on stress and relaxation.


2) My 1st Year is designed to document a baby’s first year of life and can be used by providers and parents.


3) Discovering Feelings offers caregivers an easy way to:

(1) Introduce emotional vocabulary to a child;
(2) Illustrate for children a range of emotions;
(3) Validate the wide range of emotions experienced by children; and
(4) Assist children in linking emotional vocabulary with specific actions.


For Kids, Self-Control Factors into Future Success

This story on NPR details a combination of what research shows and what teaching self-control looks like in preschool.


A Great Place to Work

In this new resource by Paula Jorde Bloom, Ann Hentschel, and Jill Bella, the authors state, "Early childhood centers, like all organizations, must adapt to change in order to survive. Research at the early childhood level reveals the degree of innovativeness of a program is directly linked to the leadership style of its director.” Find their book at

State-Level Indicators for Social-Emotional Development:
Building Better Systems

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has released a new report, entitled State-level Indicators for Social-emotional Development: Building Better Systems (February 2011), by Elizabeth A. Isakson, Leslie Davidson, Louisa Higgins, and Janice L. Cooper. This report addresses the process of creating a system of indicators to track and assess the social-emotional development of young children in a community and examines recent state experiences in this area.


Building the Brain’s "Air Traffic Control" System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function

Executive functioning skills help us to focus on multiple streams of information at the same time and revise plans as necessary. Acquiring the early building blocks of these skills is an important and challenging task in the early childhood years. A new joint Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs explains how these skills develop, what can disrupt their development, and how supporting them pays off in school and life.


Infant Mental Health

American Psychologist is devoted to infant mental health. There are four articles in the series on:

1) developmentally sensitive diagnostic criteria,
2) the development of mental health problems,
3) integrating mental health and systems of care for children that have been abused or neglected, and
4) public policy. The issue also contains the obituary for Norm Garmezy, a pioneer in resilience research.


The definitions were developed for those who provide professional development, state policy makers, early education advocates, and program
administrators working to connect professional development activities and initiatives into an integrated system. The glossary is intended to
serve as a guide for states to adapt and adjust as needed to meet their specific needs. The definitions are also designed to provide common understandings, or starting points, for research and national or cross-state discussions.

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