Finding Social Emotional Curricula
The Choose and Use Guide on Social Emotional Curricula is based, in part, on the work of Powell, D., & Dunlap, G. (2009). Evidence-Based Social-Emotional Curricula and Intervention Packages for Children 0-5 Years and Their Families (Roadmap to Effective Intervention Practices). Tampa, Florida: University of South Florida, Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children. a print product of the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education grant #H326B070002).
The current Office of Head Start funding is solely responsible for the current interactive product, the dimensions upon which the Choose and Use protocol is implemented and the suggested use of the guide.
One of the best ways that Head Start programs can assure that they are meeting the social emotional needs of children is to select and use an appropriate curriculum in this area of development.
There are, in fact, a number of social emotional curricula that have been widely used in early care and education settings, including Head Start. In previous work, Joseph and Strain (2003) identified eight classroom approaches that, based upon prior research and development, were deemed to be “ready” for wide-spread adoption.
These approaches vary widely on features that are critical to adoption decisions, including evidence of treatment fidelity, evidence of long-term outcomes, evidence of acceptability, validation with Head Start groups, and the type and degree of outcomes achieved.
In this Choose and Use guide we offer the user a template for choosing among curricula based on key features.
The Center does not promote any one model but does encourage providers to use the guide to help make a curriculum choice that best fits specific circumstances, resources and needs.