Enhancing Emotional Literacy

Emotional Literacy

Are you ready to explore the true value of emotional literacy in supporting young children’s emotional development? Well we hope to increase you awareness of the kinds of interactions between adults and young children that support enhancing emotional competency. So what is emotional literacy? Well, check out the following lesson to learn what emotional literacy refers to in early childhood education and ways to support young children!

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Approximate Length: 2 hours

Author: Tonia Durden, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Social Emotional Pyramid


The following resources helps to expand your knowledge and understanding of how to support children’s social and emotional development. The Pyramid Model focuses on the social emotional development and school readiness of young children. To learn more about the Pyramid Model, visit:


About the Expert: Susan L. Jack is an early childhood consultant in private practice with over 25 years of experience in special education and early childhood. She is currently working with early childhood programs across the country to promote Program- Wide Positive Behavior Support.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension publications offer peer-reviewed, research based information in a range of topics including early childhood education. Written by specialists, faculty and educators at UNL, check out the following early childhood educational publications:
Helping Children Resolve Conflict: Aggressive Behavior of Children.

Children can display aggressive behavior as they interact with others. In this NebGuide you'll learn about the different behaviors and how to deal with each.

Helping Children Resolve Conflict: Conflict Mediation Model.

This eight-step conflict resolution/mediation model can help adults successfully guide children through conflict resolution.

Helping Children Resolve Conflict: Pitfalls to Avoid During Conflict Mediation.

There are nine common mistakes adults make when mediating conflict between children. Avoid them, and you will help children develop important conflict negotiation skills.

Interactive Publications
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Making it Happen! Building Positive Relationships with Children.

Caregivers and parents learn ways to build positive, nurturing, responsive, and dependable relationships with children. This program is available in print or as a PDF enhanced with video.

The Learning Child: Keys to Enhancing Learning.

The goal of this program is to provide information about ways to create a responsive, stimulating, affirming and developmentally appropriate environment for young children (birth to 3 years).