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Erin Hamel – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2024
Early childhood (EC) environments that are safe and engaging can positively influence developmental outcomes in children. Indeed, the benefits of a high-quality environment for young children are numerous (Kostelnik et al., 2019). The EC classroom is also the primary workplace of EC teachers and much like the children they serve, they can also…
Descriptors: Work Environment, Early Childhood Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Well Being
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William Harper-Hooper IV; Amy J. Samuels; Gregory L. Samuels – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2024
This article presents a framework that considers how relationships, representation, and respect can be prioritized, presented, and nurtured in early learning environments to support and foster equity and inclusion. This simultaneously supports an enhanced sense of belonging and creates an environment where students feel valued and respected. As an…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Equal Education, Student Diversity, Interpersonal Relationship
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Jasmin A. King; Ksenia S. Zhbanova; Jeffrey L. Leffler – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2024
Early childhood educators have a tremendous opportunity to foster inclusivity, respect, and a sense of belonging in young children and their families (Abacioglu et al., 2020). They can impact children's early experiences by creating caring and inclusive learning environments in schools and homes (Vidal-Hall et al., 2020). Facilitating diverse…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Role, Student Diversity
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Seungyoun Lee – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2024
The capacity for growth and development is an integral part of being human. Infant social-emotional development is critically important to overall development and begins in the first months of life. These processes encompass how we relate to ourselves and others in our everyday lives (Malti & Cheah, 2021). Social-emotional development includes…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Infants, Child Caregivers