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Introducing Our Innovative Evidence-Based Emotional, Cognitive, and Social Early Learning Program

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Our globally recognized early childhood educator training program provides comprehensive education and support. Through training, mentoring, practice and the use of developmentally appropriate tools and classroom experiences, our begin to ECSEL approach develops the foundation for Emotional, Cognitive, and Social Early Learning from birth to age 8 while instilling key emotional understanding and management skills for educators themselves.

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"Emotion is our first language. From a baby’s first cry we have an unparalleled opportunity to inform and shape the patterning of the brain’s architecture for lifelong learning, mental health, well-being, and success."
~ Dr. Donna Housman, EdD, Founder and CEO

What We Know Children Need

SEL and Beyond

SEL and Beyond

Social Emotional Learning is just the start. Children and educators need more. Learn how creating an emotionally intelligent environment flips the switch for success. 

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The Power of Emotional Intelligence from Birth

The Power of Emotional Intelligence from Birth

An estimated 90 percent of the brain has formed before age five—making it critical that we build emotional intelligence starting from birth. 

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Self-Regulation Matters

Self-Regulation Matters

Children's ability to regulate and deal with their own emotions and those of others is a critical skill for lifelong success and well-being.

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We are raising the next generation at a time of extraordinary stress, anxiety, bullying, intolerance, and lack of empathy. Teachers and parents alike are struggling every day not only with the behavior, emotions, stress, dysregulation, and worries of the children they care for but also their own."

      ~ Dr. Donna Housman, Founder and CEO

Our Solutions

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Professionally and personally through the begin to ECSEL program I have really grown in so many ways, especially with my confidence and effectiveness as a teacher... I am gaining so much knowledge that I will be able to take with me for the rest of my life.”

      ~ begin to ECSEL teacher

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Our innovative, interactive educator training program is both synchronous and asynchronous

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Supporting Teachers Emotional Well-Being

Supporting Teachers' Emotional Well-Being

Educators today are facing unparalleled stress and anxiety. We support them in expanding their emotional toolbox with our series targeting teachers' mental health.

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Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

Bring Dr. Donna Housman and her scientifically proven research and evidence-based practice to your community as a consultant or speaker for your staff and families.

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About Us

About Housman Institute

About Housman Institute

Founded by Dr. Donna Housman, Ed.D, the Housman Institute is an early childhood training, research, and advocacy organization that seeks to provide the building blocks of emotional intelligence for lifelong learning and success.

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Why It Matters

Why It Matters

Our results-driven approach changes lives. It is education for character and moral development by building self-regulation, empathy, and emotional competencies that impact our learning, relating and relationships, and sense of self now and going forward.

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Our Research

Our Research

Findings suggest that the earlier we can help children connect their emotions to their behaviors, thoughts, and feelings, the more we can help them develop emotional competence, self-regulation, and empathy. All are key to closing the achievement gap and foundational for lifelong learning and mental health. 

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Our vision is to have a world where we can empower our next generation with the building blocks of emotional intelligence for lifelong learning, mental health, well-being and success."

      ~ Dr. Donna Housman, Founder and CEO