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Administrative Practices that Support Children's Emotional Development

by Kay M. Albrecht, Jennifer C. Fiechtner, and Margaret Banks
November/December 2016
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What Are the Core Capabilities and How Do They Develop?

“Mounting research from neuroscience and psychology tells us that there is a set of underlying core capabilities that adults use to manage life, work, and parenting effectively. These include, but are not limited to: planning, focus, self-control, awareness, and flexibility.

“We are not born with these skills, but we are born with the capacity to develop them through the right experiences and practice. The foundation is built in early childhood: By age 3, most children are already using executive function skills in simple ways (e.g. remembering and following simple rules). Ages 3–5 show a remarkable burst of improvement in the proficiency of these skills.”

When a family entrusts their child to us, we take on the rewarding, challenging, and complex task of sharing with them the role of supporting their child’s emotional development. We commit to a relationship-building process that includes connections between the child and his teacher, as well as between the program and the child’s family. 

This complex relationship should honor the family’s primary role in guiding emotional development, and underpin our supporting role in helping ­children succeed in relationships at school. When we navigate this partnership successfully, we create ...

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