Responsive Routines & EnvironmentsIntroduction

Responsive Routines & EnvironmentsBirth to Age Five

We know that supporting children’s social and emotional development is key to school readiness and overall healthy growth and development. This lesson will introduce several evidence-based practices and resources taken from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL).

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Approximate Length: 2 hours

Author: Lisa Poppe & LaDonna Werth
Extension Educators
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:


About the Expert: Michelle Rupiper is Assistant Chair and Associate Professor of Practice for Child, Youth and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her main areas of interest are teacher education, inclusion of children with varying abilities and building a quality early childhood workforce.

UNL Publications
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:
Play & Learning in the Primary Years.

Children ages 3-8 need opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of academic concepts through play. Children’s play needs to be encouraged as an essential part of their healthy development. A wide variety of play experiences is necessary to develop a complex and integrated brain.

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
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.
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).