This list contains a variety of resources associated with strategies for parents and caregivers for supporting a child’s social development.
Promoting Positive Peer Social Interactions (PDF)
Source: The Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
This brief discusses the importance of successful social interactions to promote positive social and emotional development in children.
Making Friends and Getting Along with Peers
Source: The National Academies Press
This chapter from the book From Neurons to Neighborhoods discusses how establishing relationships with peers is a major developmental task that is not always easy for children.
Fostering Healthy Social & Emotional Development in Young Children (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Education
These tips, which are organized by age, are intended to help early childhood caregivers support children’s social and emotional development.
Social Development in 3-5 Year Olds
Preschoolers are learning sophisticated ways to relate to others. This article provides information on social development, including empathy, imagination, and more.
Supporting Social-Emotional Development (video)
Source: Teaching Strategies
This webinar series, featuring short instructional videos, addresses positive relationships, modeling empathy, and the importance of social-emotional and cognitive development.
Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
- Child Care Center
- Family Child Care
- Preschool Program
Related Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards:
- Parents / Family
- Teachers / Service providers
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