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We know that true successful social emotional learning must start from birth. We also know that the critical link for lifelong learning, mental health, and wellbeing is emotional intelligence. Comprehensive early childhood SEL programming integrated throughout all classroom contexts and throughout the daily curriculum is rare—and even more rare starting from birth.
While most social emotional learning supports emotional intelligence, begin to ECSEL goes beyond. It provides the building blocks of emotional intelligence from the beginning, all day and every day, and most importantly, in the heat of the moment when children are in the midst of a heightened emotional state. Children experience intense emotional situations at any point in their day. It is critical that educators are trained to guide their students in regulating and managing their emotions and those of others. In addition, educators—as key socializers and role models—also need to be trained in how to best manage their own emotions.
Research in neuroscience has shown the outcomes and benefits of developing the skills of emotional understanding, literacy, and regulation from the start and integrated throughout the day, every day. This happens within the context of relationships, both at school and at home, and expands far beyond the outcomes achieved with SEL alone. So it’s critical that educators are trained to guide the students in regulating and managing their emotions and those of others.
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
Housman Institute has devoted over 30 years in research and practice building our evidence based Emotional, Cognitive, and Social Early Learning (ECSEL) approach.
ECSEL uses "in the heat of the moment strategies" and age appropriate developmental tools to promote emotional intelligence in children 0-8.
We also recognize that teachers often do not receive the needed training to support emotional intelligence in children and in themselves. It is our mission that all teachers have the tools and techniques not only to support their students’ emotional intelligence, but also their own, in all contexts, all day and every day.
By reaching children in the earliest years, we have the opportunity to set our children up for success—and we move toward achieving equity by giving ALL children the key tools needed for personal, academic, and career success.