Research Brief Addresses the Early Childhood Origins of “Mean” Behavior and Bullying 

A new research brief from Child Trends examines the factors that contribute to the development of “mean” behavior and aggression in early childhood and provides a summary of promising strategies and evidence-based intervention models designed to prevent bullying. To learn more, see Understanding and Addressing the Early Childhood Origins of “Mean” Behavior and Bullying: Resources for Practitioners (August 2015).


Early Childhood Behavior Management: Developing and Teaching Rules 

This online training module from the IRIS Center for Training Enhancements includes information on how to create developmentally appropriate behavior rules for early childhood classrooms so that they link to a given school’s behavior expectations. The importance of communication with families about rules and expected behaviors is also stressed.


Supporting young children who bite:

Biting Tip Sheet
PTAN Biting Protocol
All About Biting
How to Help Your Child Stop Biting


The Backpack Connection for Teachers and Parents 
The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has developed the  Backpack Connection Series to help teachers and parents/caregivers work together to enhance young children’s social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Backpack Connection handouts can be sent home when a new strategy or skill is introduced in the classroom to inform parents about what their child is learning at school and to provide specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home.

Addressing Children’s Challenging Behavior
Preventing the Use of Restraint and Seclusion with Young Children: The Role of Effective, Positive Practices


ZERO TO THREE has developed a set of resources designed to help  with some of the typical challenges parents face in the early years: Aggression, Defiance, Inconsolable Crying, Slow-to-Warm-Up Children and Sleep. Check out the links below for more information:

Moving Right Along…Planning Transitions to Prevent Challenging Behaviors
Social-Emotional Development Tip Sheet
Behavior Communicates Tip Sheet
Aggression Tip Sheet
Strategies for Understanding and Managing Challenging Behavior in Young Children
Positive Solutions for Families: Eight Practical Tips for Parents of Young Children with Challenging Behavior
Shocking Language Tip Sheet

Early Childhood Growing Ideas Tip Sheets (U. of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies)
Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning