The Healthy Social Behaviors Initiative, which began in July 2005, addresses behavioral issues by offering services designed to identify, prevent and modify challenging behaviors with a goal of reducing the expulsion rate of NC child care centers.
Healthy Social Behavior Specialists are housed in the regional lead child care resource and referral agencies and, as a team, serve all 100 counties in North Carolina. A Project Manager, employed by Child Care Resources Inc., provides guidance and oversight of the project.
The Healthy Social Behaviors (HSB) Project was designed to assist teachers and technical assistance specialists in addressing challenging behaviors and in creating a proactive environment to ensure that children have developed the social-emotional competencies needed prior to entering school in order to succeed.
Goals of the Healthy Social Behaviors Initiative are to:
The Healthy Social Behaviors team created observation checklists that highlight best practices in early care and education settings for promoting the social-emotional health of young children. These checklists are designed for program administrator, teachers, technical assistance providers and parents to help them view classrooms through a social-emotional lens. Social and emotional skills are the foundation of all learning in the early years and programs that focus on helping children develop these skills are truly getting them ready for school!
The Healthy Social Behaviors team authored 24 articles based on materials developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). These research-based articles are based on twelve topics and include the following: twelve informational articles designed to increase teachers’ knowledge about the selected social-emotional topics and twelve companion strategy articles on the same topics designed to facilitate teachers’ implementation of social-emotional strategies in classrooms.
Grief and Loss Tip Sheets:
Losing someone or something you care about is a natural, but uncomfortable, part of life. Adults know to expect experiences of loss and have developed skills to cope when loss, and the accompanying feelings of grief, occurs. Young children have not developed these coping skills and are typically very confused and scared when they are faced with a loss. Most preschoolers do not have the vocabulary to express their feelings or fears or to ask the questions they would like to have answered. Helping a child navigate the rough terrain of grief and loss is difficult for all adults. Knowing what to say and how much information to give are often difficult decisions that adults must make during a time when they may also be affected by the loss. These tip sheets were created by the Promoting Healthy Social Behaviors team around topics requested by child care programs and by situations that the behavior specialists encountered across the state. The content was developed by combining a review of the literature on children’s grief experiences and the specialists’ knowledge of the developmental stages and social-emotional needs of preschoolers.