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Evaluating social-emotional competencies in early childhood

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This 2008 research synthesis, developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University in the United States, offers information for early childhood educators on using evidence-based practices to screen and assess the social-emotional competencies of toddlers and young children. The synthesis is structured by common questions regarding screening social-emotional competencies. Sections include a definition and discussion of social-emotional competence, issues and challenges to screening and assessment, and the role of families, culture and language in screening and assessment. The synthesis also includes an extensive list of resources and a table of screening and assessment tools organized by age, purpose of assessment, administration notes, reliability and validity, and language availability of the assessment.

Citation: Yates, T., Ostrosky, M., Cheatham, G., Fettig, A., Shaffer, L., & Santos, R. (2008). Research synthesis on screening and assessing social-emotional competence. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University, The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning.