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Building Supportive Environments

for Young Children:

Setting Rules and Expectations

In ensuring that a learning environment supports children's social and emotional well-being, adults need to make sure that children know what to expect and understand what is expected of them. In this video, teachers, family child care providers, and experts discuss how to determine developmentally appropriate rules for children, and share strategies they use for communicating rules and expectations to children. Strategies for involving young children in creating classroom rules are also shared.

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  • Producer and Scriptwriter: Julia DeLapp
    Editing and Videography: Sean Leser, Ken Measimer
    Script Consultation: Teresa Surprenant, Sudha Swaminathan
    Narration: Sean Leser
  • 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
    Cook Hill Integrated Preschool, Wallingford
    Cooperative Educational Services School Readiness Program, Trumbull
    Darcey School, Cheshire
    EASTCONN Birth-to-Three Program, Hampton
    EASTCONN Killingly Head Start, Killingly
    EASTCONN Plainfield Head Start, Plainfield
    New Heights Child Development Center, Windham
    Out Came the Sun Childcare, Windham
    Windham Early Childhood Center, Willimantic
    Windham Early Head Start, Windham
    Women's League Child Development Center, Hartford
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