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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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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
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Murillo, Krysta – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly impacted families worldwide. The long-term impacts of the pandemic's disruptions on childhood and child development may not be known for many years. Early educators can respond to challenges stemming from the disruption in the consistency of schooling and beneficial programming for early learners by generating…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Intervention, Young Children
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Michelle Grantham-Caston; Jeannete Bankston – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
The early years of a child's life are a crucial time for brain development and stress can play a critical role in compromising its development (Zadina, 2014; Zull, 2011). Fink (2019) explains physical and mental stress as being characterized by heightened excitability and arousal, perceived adverse situation, and lack of control. This normal,…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Coping, Early Childhood Education, Child Development
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Nyabando, Tsitsi; Facun-Granadozo, Ruth; Carr, Stephanie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Engagement in play is vital for children to learn 21st-century skills, especially problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, focused attention, and collaboration (Hillman et al., 2014; Singer, 2015; Yogman et al., 2018). These require developing executive functioning skills crucial for school readiness and success. Play fosters brain…
Descriptors: Play, Games, Elementary School Students, Global Approach
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Leifield, Lisa – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Young children are disproportionately impacted by trauma (Barnett & Hambien, n.d.) and are more vulnerable to the impact of trauma (Bartlett et al., 2017). Trauma in the early years' impacts brain development (Bartlett, et al., 2017; Sciaffara et al., 2018), which has both immediate (Bartlett & Smith, 2017) as well as long-term…
Descriptors: Young Children, Resilience (Psychology), Trauma, Infants
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Herndon, Martha; Waggoner, Cathy – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2021
The development of young children can be disrupted by repeated stress because stress triggers a response which changes the chemistry of their bodies (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (NSCDC), 2014). Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is used to describe stressful or traumatic experiences which threaten children's development.…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Stress Variables, Biochemistry, Trauma
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McKenzie, Ellen – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2021
Psychologists caution that the COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate already existing mental health challenges -- warning that we may see more depression and anxiety in children due to fears about their health and that of their families, exposure to negative messages from the media, social isolation, and family financial issues due to economic…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Pandemics, COVID-19, Child Development
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Pearce, Nicole; Davis, Jill – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2021
A key factor in a child's healthy development is resilience, which allows a child to have an adaptive response to hardships even when exposed to a toxic environment or adversity. Resilience is the interplay between a child's positive environment and adaptive and coping skills outweighing risk factors and adverse experiences to create a positive…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Executive Function, Child Development, Teaching Methods
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Guirguis, Ruth V.; Longley, Jennifer M. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2021
Vygotsky (1978) describes play as having three main components, one being the ability for a child to create an imaginary situation, the second taking on and acting out roles, and the third, following a set of rules that were determined by the roles children took on during play during social or group settings. Hence, supporting much needed social…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Play, Trauma
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Deaver, Alicia; Wright, Lindsay E.; Herrington, Brittany – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2020
Since social and emotional development in early childhood is so significant for success later in life and the foundation of the capacity for learning, it is essential for caregivers to build these capacities in young children through everyday moments (Russell, Lee, Spieker, & Oxford, 2016; Turculet & Tulbure, 2014). Caregivers who provide…
Descriptors: Caregiver Child Relationship, Preschool Children, Child Development, Emotional Response
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Minish, Siobian J.; McCorkle, Laura S. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2020
Educators are encouraged to form a collaborative partnership with the family as a way to learn about who the child is, work together to provide positive outcomes for the child, and to promote the capacity of the family to make decisions that work best for their child and the entire family. Though home visits are not explicitly stated as an avenue…
Descriptors: Home Visits, Family Involvement, Young Children, Early Childhood Education
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Sturdivant, Toni Denese – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2020
There is a prevailing myth that young children do not notice race (Doucet & Adair, 2013; Hirschfeld, 2012). While, in fact, infants as early as three months old notice race (Bar-Haim et al., 2006; Kelly et al., 2005). If numerous early childhood educators find discussing race and ethnicity inappropriate for young children, children could be…
Descriptors: Child Development, Play, Toys, Racial Differences
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Bell, Douglas D., Jr. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
Observation is a useful tool, even in infant and toddler classrooms. Applied correctly, observation and assessment can help lay a foundation for a successful education throughout life. As appropriate practices are researched and policies change, teachers and caregivers of the youngest children (referred to as careteachers for this article) find…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Child Care, Observation
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Muro, Joel H.; Muro, Lilia Lamar; Rose, Katherine Kensinger; Webster, Lindsey; Allen, Cassie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
The communication process between care providers and children can, at times, be complex. Young children typically lack the verbal language necessary for complex emotional expression. In this article, the authors contend that using some basic "child centered play therapy" (CCPT) techniques would be beneficial in enhancing communicative…
Descriptors: Play Therapy, Child Care, Caregiver Child Relationship, Emotional Development
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