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Emotional and Social Development: September’s School Readiness Concept

Each month, Richland First Steps selects one school readiness goal from the SC Early Learning Standards (SCELS) to spotlight throughout our programs for children, families, and child care providers.

This month’s concept comes from the Emotional and Social Development domain of the SCELS. Like all the standards, there are developmental indicators (What to Expect) that show a child’s progress on this goal at each stage and developmental strategies (How to Help Them), to help their progression:

Infants (Birth to 12 months)

  • Noticing other infants and children (looking at them, turning in other’s direction, reaching for them, touching them).

Younger Toddlers (8 to 21 months)

  • Enjoy playing alongside other children.

Older Toddlers (18 to 36 months)

  • Using appropriate words to influence playmates’ behavior (“Play with me” or “Stop hitting me!”).

Younger Preschoolers (36 to 48 months)

  • Demonstrating social skills when interacting with other children (turn-taking, conflict resolution, sharing).

Older Preschoolers (48 to 60+ months)

  • Forming and maintaining friendships with other children of diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities.

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