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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