Infant & Toddlers Part 2

Building Positive Relationships with Infants & Toddlers Part 1

How do infants and toddlers develop emotionally? Emotional relationships play a critical role in their development. Learn how to interact with infants and toddlers to form a lasting relationship that all children need. Check out the following lesson to learn more about ways to support young children's social and emotional growth and development.

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Approximate Length: 2 hours

Author: Lisa Poppe & LaDonna Werth
Extension Specialists
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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:

FEATURED RESOURCE: TLC Expert Dr. Tonia Durden

About the Expert: Dr. Tonia Durden is the Early Childhood Extension Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her primary responsibilities include providing expertise and leadership in developing research based early childhood programming and resources that support the holistic development of young children. In addition she coordinates and supports UNL-Extension's statewide efforts in evaluating and strengthening early care professional and family based programs and initiatives. Dr. Durden's area of expertise and scholarly activity focuses on examining how educators and families can support the socio-cultural development and awareness of young children. She is committed to using outreach, scholarship and research to extend the field's current understandings and pedagogies of how to develop and support culturally responsive professionals who strive towards becoming agents of change in their classrooms and communities.

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.

Culture Matters: Strategies to Support Young Children's Social and Cultural Development.

Teachers can help enhance learning about diversity in young children by learning more about their home environment and how best to communicate with the parents.

Interactive Publications
Interactive Publications allow you to engage in interactive learning activities while you click and read!
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.