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Understanding Challenging Behavior

in Young Children

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. 

Video transcript: English; Spanish

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    These documents were created by Ann Gruenberg, Julia DeLapp, and Lisa Petropoulos.

  • 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.

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

    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
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