Building Belonging: Providing Guidance for Social Skills Development – Selected Resources


Growing Ideas Building Belonging: Providing Guidance for Social Skills Development Selected=

Please note: Some resources may require a subscription or have restricted access due to a publisher paywall.


  • Crump, D. (2012). My mad book: A child’s guide to managing anger. South Portland, ME: PEC BOOKS and Twin Taurus Publishing.
  • Gartrell, D. (2013). A guidance approach for the encouraging classroom. 6th Edition. CENGAGE Learning, ISBN-13: 978-1133938934; ISBN-10: 1133938930
  • Kaiser, B., & Rasminsky, J. (2012). Challenging behavior in young children: Understanding, preventing, and responding effectively, 3rd Edition. Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ. ISBN-10: 0-13-215912-0; ISBN-13: 978-0-13-215912-8
  • Riley, D., San Juan, R.R., Klinkner, J. & Ramminger,  A. (2007). Social and emotional development: Connecting science and practice in early childhood settings. St. Paul, MN: Readleaf. Available from NAEYC.


  • Barbosa, M. (2016, February). Seven tips for positive behavior. Talk Tuesday. National AfterSchool Association. Retrieved from at
  • College of Early Childhood Educators. (2017, June). Practice guideline: Supporting positive interactions with children (PDF). Retrieved from
  • Early Childhood Consultation Partnership. (n.d.). Creating a classroom comfort box (PDF).  Retrieved from
  • Galinsky, E. (2010). Mind in the making: The seven essential life skills every child needs. New York, NY: Harper Collins. Available from NAEYC.
  • Gartrell, D. (2010). Good guidance: A five-step process for conflict mediation (PDF). Teaching Young Children 3 (5): 8–11. Retrieved from
  • Gonzalez-Mena, J., & Shareef, I. (2005). Discussing diverse perspectives on guidance. Young Children 60(6): 34-38.
  • Illinois Early Learning Project. (2005). Children’s social competence checklist.  Retrieved from
  • Sesame Street in Communities. (n.d.). Caring & Sharing. Sesame Street with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Available online at
  • Slaby, R., Storey, K., Minotti, J., Adler, M., & Katz, R. (2008). Eyes on bullying. Education Development Center, Inc. Retrieved May 29, 2013 from  – This website is designed to identify and support the important role that staff in child care, after school/youth programs and camps can play in bullying prevention. There are many useful tools and resources including a toolkit, a resource library with descriptions of recent books, articles, reports, websites, programs, and curricula devoted to the issue of preventing bullying in children’s lives.

Videos and Learning Modules:

  • Head Start ECLKC. (nd.). Help Me Calm Down! Teaching Children How to Cope with their Big Emotions [Video]. Available at
  • Just Breathe (Video) –  by filmmakers Julie Bayer Salzman and Josh Salzman. In the 4-minute long video, the duo spoke to several young Smart Girls and Boys about how their emotions affect them and how they physically feel. But rather than just opening up the conversation the duo show how helpful the practice of mindfulness is in keeping kids emotionally healthy.
  • Touchpoints (Producer). (2006). Touchpoints: A guide to understanding your child’s physical, emotional. and behavioral development. [DVD]. (Available from the National Association for the Education of Young People, 1509 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC  20036).


  • Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation – Funded to develop strategies to help Head Start programs build a strong mental health foundation for their children, families and staff.
  • – This site offers articles that address several areas that will make your classroom’s guidance and discipline policies more effective.
  • The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) – The goals of the Center are to assist states and programs in their implementation of sustainable systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) within early intervention and early education programs with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promoting family engagement, using data for decision-making, integrating early childhood and infant mental health consultation and fostering inclusion.
  • The Preventative Ounce – This interactive web site lets you see more clearly your child’s temperament, find parenting tactics that work for your child.
  • Sesame Street in Communities – Sesame Street’s new initiative which aims to help young children cope with adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs. Available online at
  • Zero To Three – A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Their mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.

Updated: 02/07/2023

Maine Department of Health and Human ServicesFunding for the 2011 update of the Growing Ideas Resources for Guiding Early Childhood Practices has been provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child and Family Services, Early Childhood Division.