Preschool: A Time for Academics or Social Learning?

Should social and emotional skill building take precedence in preschool over academics?  There is widespread debate about what effective preschool education looks like.  Programs have traditionally focused on academic readiness; however, there has been a recent shift towards an emphasis on social and emotional learning.  In a recent study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, researchers explored the impact of social and emotional learning on pre-academic readiness skills.  Preliminary results indicated that children were more available for academic learning when they had developed critical social-communication skills, such as being able to read other children’s emotions and respond adaptively.


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