Too Small to Fail Initiative

The Too Small to Fail initiative has released a new white paper, Not Just “Soft Skills”: How Young Children’s Learning & Health Benefit from Strong Social-Emotional Development (May 2017), highlighting the research on the importance of children’s social-emotional development (SED) starting at birth. In addition, the initiative has developed new resources on SED to share directly with parents and caregivers around the country. These resources are designed to help parents easily understand the concepts behind SED, and how to apply research-based tips to their everyday lives. They include:

  • A series of videos showing that every child behavior – including a seemingly random grocery store meltdown – is actually driven by emotions
  • A set of complementary tip sheets to encourage talking, reading, and singing with children in sensitive, loving, and responsive ways. The tip sheets also include helpful ideas for understanding and managing a child’s behavior.

All of the resources are available in Spanish.


Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool

This 2016 issue recently added to the RWJF Social and Emotional Learning collection (May 2017) examines several evidence-based programs that have effectively promoted social-emotional skills during preschool. The authors reveal that SEL programming during the preschool years can “reduce the school readiness gap and help children become healthy, thriving adults.” See full issue here.