Visit for information about fall 2021.


Social and Emotional Development of Young Children (8-Week Online Training)

This 30-hour online training focuses on supporting the social and emotional development of young children with a focus on preventing challenging behaviors.

Social and emotional development involves a child’s ability to regulate and express emotions and form close and secure relationships. It involves skills such as self-confidence, curiosity, motivation, persistence and self-control. These skills are essential to healthy development and optimal learning.

Grounded in the research for the Center on Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning, we delve into its evidence-based prevention and intervention Pyramid Model framework. We explore and discuss strategies that promote healthy social and emotional development by supporting positive relationships, creating engaging environments, providing concrete teaching strategies, and when needed, creating individualized interventions for children.

This training does NOT meet the YoungStar “Approved Social-Emotional training required for formal ratings” at the 4- and 5-star levels.


Who Should Attend

Early care and education professionals who support young children and their families: teachers, family providers, directors, trainers, consultants, parent educators and parents

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of relationship building as the foundation for all work with young children and families
  • Understand the foundation of brain development and attachment and its influence on children’s development
  • Learn strategies to make relationships responsive consistent and nurturing
  • Understand the importance of teaching expectations in a developmentally appropriate manner
  • Learn strategies to teach young children to meet expectations and rules
  • Understand how to use the physical environment to promote child engagement, emotional literacy, peer interactions and clear expectations.
  • Identify strategies for obtaining and maintaining children’s optimal engagement throughout group activities and during transitions
  • Use care giving routines to promote positive interactions with adults and peers.
  • Identify methods for modeling and labeling adult emotions to support children in recognizing their own emotions
  • Learn and utilize strategies to encourage children to appropriately express their feelings
  • Understand emotional regulation and strategies to support emotional regulation
  • Learn to be intentional in supporting children to develop and maintain friendships
  • Learn problem solving steps and methods to teach children to use these steps
  • Understand how to identify the ‘behavior equation’
  • Understand how to create a ‘behavior support plan’ that includes preventions, new skills and new responses


The online format is self-paced with weekly due dates. You participate in rich and meaningful interactions with the instructor and other students in the online discussion forum, but you do NOT need to be online at the same time as other participants. A webcam is NOT needed for course participation.


Dates and locations to be announced.


Join Our Email List

Get the latest on courses and certificates in your areas of interest.