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Guiding Young Children’s Behavior
A Project Navigate Training Curriculum

guiding Young Children's BehaviorGuiding Young Children's Behavior is an interactive training curriculum that provides current and future early childhood professionals with tools and strategies for guiding preschool children's behavior in positive ways. The curriculum was made possible through the generous support of the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Topics covered
The curriculum includes six segments that describe how teachers and caregivers can promote positive behavior by:

  • Fostering trusting relationships
  • Arranging the classroom
  • Selecting classroom materials and planning the schedule
  • Establishing classroom rules
  • Responding to behavior problems and resolving conflicts
  • Helping children identify and express emotions
Project Navigate Training features
  • Complete the training at your own pace.
  • Learn from nationally-recognized early childhood experts as they explain how the latest research can help your teaching.
  • See high-quality videos from actual preschool classrooms that demonstrate effective teaching practices.
  • Listen to preschool teachers talk about how they work with children to promote positive behavior.
  • Hear parents explain how family life influences their children's behaviors and what teachers can do to help.
  • Enjoy fun, interactive activities that give you opportunities to reflect on your own teaching practices and receive immediate feedback.
  • Try out training concepts in your own classroom by completing personalized assignments.

Guiding Young Children’s Behavior was written by Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, award-winning professor and author of 5 books and over 40 articles in early childhood education.  The curriculum is part of a planned series of trainings developed for Eastern Connecticut State University’s Project Navigate.  For more information, contact Julia DeLapp, Center for Early Childhood Education, (860) 465-0687.