Social Competence and a Young Child’s Future

Social Competence and a Young Child’s Future

Social Competence and a Young Child’s Future – what a difference social emotional skills make

Recently a 20-year study, “Early Social-Emotional Functioning and Public Health: The Relationship Between Kindergarten Social Competence and Future Wellness,” conducted by Pennsylvania State and Duke Universities was published. The study looked at teacher assessments of nearly 800 kindergarteners’ social skills and tracked those children through high school and into their early 20s.

The study found that children with better “social competence,” meaning the ability to cooperate, be helpful to others, understand and be respectful of others’ feelings, share, and resolve problems on their own, were more likely to be successful adults (i.e., earn a college degree, have a full-time job, etc.,).

The study results also showed that the gap between children’s “social competence” scores only became greater and more pronounced between kindergarten and the age of 25. Building on existing research, this study strengthened the link between social emotional development and outcomes in adulthood. It further shows how important social competence is, and what difference social emotional skills make in a child’s future.

The Circle of Education® program is a Social Emotional Wellness, Academic Development, Learning Readiness (SELR™), Behavioral Heath and Parent Engagement Program developed by Dr. Shulamit Ritblatt for young children ages birth to six. The program provides a multi-sensory experience to engage young children through bi-lingual activities, music, puppets, educational animation (tuneTOON®s®), expression cards, and books. The program provides over 400 activities for teachers and 360 activities for parents which focus on 12 learning readiness skills including building relationships, caring & sharing, expressing and regulating emotions and feelings to name a few. These activities support social emotional development and help improve “social competence.”

Visit our website www.circleofeducation.com to learn more about our program!

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