Understanding Challenging Behavior in Young Children

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When a provider has a concern about a child’s behavior, it is important to consider what may be influencing the behavior. In this video, early childhood teachers, home child care providers, and experts discuss some of the possible influences of children’s behavior and how to respond objectively.

This video was funded by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.

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Producer and Scriptwriter: Julia DeLapp
Videographer and Editor: Sean Leser
Content Experts: Dr. Ann Gruenberg and Anne Giordano
Script Consultant: Terry Surprenant

Special thanks to the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, the Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health, and the Early Childhood Consultation Partnership for their guidance on the content of this video. Thanks also to the providers, administrators, and consultants who participated in our 2014 focus groups related to early childhood mental health.

The Center wishes to thank the following Connecticut programs, organizations, and agencies who assisted in the making of this video:
ASPIRE Institute at Wheelock College
Cathy Cares Child Care, Willimantic
Child and Family Development Resource Center, Willimantic
Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
Connecticut Positive Parenting
Cooperative Educational Services School Readiness Program, Trumbull
Danbury Public Schools, Danbury
EASTCONN Killingly Head Start, Killingly
EASTCONN Plainfield Head Start, Plainfield
Education Connection
Housatonic Community College Early Childhood Lab School, Bridgeport
Natchaug Elementary School, Willimantic
New Heights Child Development Center, Windham
Pat’s House Family Childcare, Columbia
Windham Early Childhood Center, Willimantic
Windham Early Head Start, Windham
Women’s League Child Development Center, Hartford