Friends & Feelings: Social-Emotional Development in Young Children – Selected Resources


Growing Ideas Friends & Feelings: Social-Emotional Development in Young Children Selected=

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  • Riley, D., San Juan, R.R., Klinkner, J., & Ramminger, A. (2008). Social & Emotional Development: Connecting Science and Practice in Early Childhood Settings. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.

Children’s Books:

  • Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations Early Learning (CSEFEL). Children’s Book List [PDF]. Selected titles include:
    • Gigi and Lulu’s Gigantic Fight by Pamela Edwards (Ages 3-7)
    • How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague (Ages 3-5)
    • My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss (Ages 3-8)
    • The Feelings Book by Todd Parr (Ages 2-4)
    • We Are Best Friends by Aliki (Ages 4-7)


Videos and Learning Modules:

  • Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University (n.d.). InBrief: Executive Function: Essential Skills for Life and Learning. Available online at:

    • Being able to focus, hold and work with information in mind, filter distractions, and switch gears is like having a sophisticated air traffic control system to manage information at a busy airport, In the brain, this mechanism is called executive function and self-regulation, a group of skills that, with the right formative experiences, begin to develop in early childhood and continue to improve through the early adult years. A new evidence base has identified these skills as essential for school achievement, success in work, and healthy lives. This two-page summary outlines how these lifelong skills develop, what can disrupt their development and how supporting them pays off in school and life. The brief is available in print and video format.
  • Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL) [Producer]. Practical Strategies [Video]. Retrieved from
  • Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL) [Producer]. Promoting Social and Emotional Competence [Video]. Retrieved from
  • Talking is Teaching: Small Children have Big Feelings – this website provides videos and tipsheets to support a child’s social and emotional development. While they are resources aimed at supporting parents, these can be useful to early care and education professionals as well. check out their new resources with tips for understanding and managing your child’s behavior, and taking care of yourself during the challenging moments, too?


  • Early Head Start National Resource Center @ Zero to Three. – A web site from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families providing information on Early Head Start.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age eight. NAEYC publishes two periodicals, Young Children and Teaching Young Children. NAEYC is the largest professional membership association for early childhood educators.
  • National Center for Cultural Competence. The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development Web site. The mission of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) is to increase the capacity of health and mental health programs to design implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Shanker Self-Reg® Knowledge Series – The Shanker Self-Reg® Knowledge Series is an ever-growing collection of printable, shareable information sheets based on blogs and other materials developed by Dr. Shanker and The MEHRIT Centre Team.
  • Zero to Three – A web site offering the “Nation’s Leading Resources on the First Years of Life”.

Updated: 09/11/2023

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.