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American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization dedicated to the health and healthy development of all children. This website is a source for parents and professionals on the development of and specific issues involving young children.

This website allows you to type in the age of a child and certain book theme. Bookfinder is hosted by PBS Parents and includes a number of children’s books on a variety themes including social-emotional development.

Brazelton Touchpoints Center
The Brazelton Touchpoints Center is founded by pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, whose theories on relationship development revolve around the importance of touch. You can learn about this Touchpoints Approach through the website.        

Bright Futures
Bright Futures is an initiative that is dedicated to the healthy development of children and their families, including social-emotional development of young children, and tools for parents and practitioners. One of the projects of interest is family materials.

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
CASEL is a collaborative that works to advance the science and evidence-based practice of social and emotional learning for preschool aged children and up. The program works on the development of children’s emotions as well as their ability to interact with their peers. You can search the site for resources on the development of children’s emotions.

Early Head Start National Resource Center
This website includes resources for parents and for professional development. It is part of the Administration for Children and Families a website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Extending the Dance
This article is written by Dr. Helen Raikes and Dr. Carolyn Edwards, both at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. The article discusses the “dances” that occur between infants and toddlers and their caregivers as their relationships develop..

The Free Library
The Free Library is a database of over 4,000,000 articles, including some on peer competence and social emotional development of young children. See the article entitled Social Skills Training.

Gryphon House
Gryphon House is a publishing company that published books on a wide variety of topics, including the development of children. It is a resource of materials for parents and teachers within multiple domains of child development.

Half the Sky Foundation
Half the Sky foundation is a program that is established in China. This program recognized the negative effects that children in Chinese orphanages were suffering from due to the lack of a relationship between the child and an adult caregiver. Their mission is to “enrich the lives and enhance the prospects for orphaned children in China.” You can read about this program, sign up for the free newsletter, search the Half the Sky journal, watch a short video about the program, learn about their approach, and more.

High/Scope Educational Research Foundation
High/Scope Educational Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public outreach organization with headquarters in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and has, as its mission, to lift lives through education. The site includes curriculum, resources, research, and tools for teachers who work with infants and toddlers as well as preschoolers.

Inventory of Practice
This PDF document from the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning is a self-reflective inventory designed to be used by individuals or teams to identify training needs and plan a course of action for building and improving relationships that will promote the development of social and emotional competence of children in the classroom.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAEYC is a national organization for teachers, which offers accreditation to high quality child care centers. NAEYC publishes a journal called Young Children, and is devoted to improving education and development of children birth through age eight. A link of interest on this site is teaching young children.

National Head Start Association
The National Head Start Association is not-for-profit membership organization. Its purpose is to meet the needs of Head Start children and their families. This research-based program includes many resources for parents and teachers.

National Network for Child Care
The National Network for Child Care is an Internet source of over 1000 publications and resources related to child care.

The National Science Council on the Developing Child
This council represents professionals from many fields of study who are dedicated to finding the connections between early experiences and learning and developmental brain structures. Visitors can search the site for downloadable PDF articles. Some specific articles of interest on social-emotional development include Young Child Develop in the Environment of Relationships and Early Relationships for Healthy Brains.

NIEER Preschool Policy Brief
This is a PDF policy brief from the National Institute for Early Education Research. It discusses the importance of promoting social-emotional development in young children, including the influences of parents, teachers, and peers on their development.

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care
This organization provides training for teachers on infant and toddler development and ways to promote healthy emotional development within this age group. The program has a resource of videos and modules on developing relationships with young children and implements a relationship-based curriculum.

PBS Kids
This links to a part of the PBS Kids website that includes activities that teachers and parents can do build social-emotional development in toddlers and preschoolers.

A Place of Our Own
A Place of Our Own includes activities and resources as well as discussion boards for parents and teachers. It also includes workshops that you can do to improve practices with young children. There are consultants available to discuss issues such as building meaningful relationships and other topics with parents and teachers. Some links of interest may be social-emotional activities and encouraging friendships.

Promoting First Relationships
Promoting First Relationships is an organization through the University of Washington that is dedicated to promoting healthy early social and emotional development in children birth to three years. The organization offers training courses on promoting secure relationships between children and caregivers.

Relationship Roots
This relationship-based program out of Colorado offers training and materials such as books, CD’s, songs, interactive activity ideas and relationship building activities for parents and caregivers of young children from birth through the preschool years. Their mission is to help children develop life long relationship skills.

Teaching Strategies
Teaching Strategies is an early childhood education publishing company focused on children ages birth to 5, and the publisher of the Creative Curriculum. Here you can find teaching for working with  infants/toddlers/twos and preschoolers.

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention
This program provides training as well as PDF handouts on the social development of children with challenging behaviors. The center uses positive behavior supports and evidence-based practice in supporting young children with challenging behaviors.

Zero to Three
Zero to Three is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the healthy development of infants and toddlers. The site has a section for parents as well as professionals where you can search the site by topic. Here you can subscribe to the Zero to Three journal and obtain training resources. You can sign up to get e-mails from the program as well. You can link directly to the social-emotional development section of the website for parents. Other areas of interest include hints for developing relationship skills, and developing communication skills.