Positive and nurturing early experiences and relationships have a significant impact on a child’s social-emotional development. They influence how the young child’s brain develops and creates the foundation for early learning.

All children exhibit challenging behavior as they develop their autonomy. We are working on interventions that promote young children’s healthy social-emotional competence and prevent challenging behaviors to the maximum extent possible. Despite intervention, there are some children who persist in demonstrating challenging behaviors. We work directly with children who continue to have problem behaviors to help them learn other skills.

Projects and tools that help promote social-emotional competence and positive behaviors

Our BEST in CLASS research aims to reduce time spent responding to challenging behavior, which provides more time for quality instruction and positive interactions with children.

Our Pyramid Model research is a positive behavioral intervention and support framework early educators can use to promote young children’s social and emotional development and prevent and address challenging behavior.