• begin to...ECSEL

    January 10, 2019 | Housman Institute
    Learn about our evidence-based begin to...ECSEL program.
  • Dr Housman Speaking on Promoting Emotional, Cognitive and Social Early Learning from Birth

    November 28, 2018 | Housman Institute
    Last May, Dr. Housman spoke at Harvard University's China Education Symposium on how to effectively promote early learning from birth and how the program she developed, begin to...ECSEL, strengthens foundational emotional, cognitive and social competencies for children's lifelong learning, success and well-being. The video of her lecture is now...
  • Housman to China: An Early Learning, Cross-Cultural Collaboration

    October 24, 2018 | Beginnings School and Child Development Center, Housman Institute Lab School
    Growing awareness around the importance of integrating social, emotional and cognitive learning into early childhood education was evident on a recent trip to China by Beginnings School Founder and Housman Institute CEO, Dr. Donna Housman.Dr. Housman had been invited to visit a range of early childhood schools in China and offer her expertise...
  • Housman Institute Supports Keeping Migrant Children with Their Parents

    June 20, 2018 | Donna K. Housman
    Parents are a child’s first teacher and children’s earliest years are critical for their lifelong development, well-being and mental health. The earliest years of life represent the most sensitive and rapid period of brain growth and development.  Housman Institute stands together with Infant Mental Health Professionals in Massachusetts...
  • Dr. Housman speaks at Harvard Graduate School of Education

    April 25, 2018 | Housman Institute
    On Saturday, April 21, Beginnings School and Child Development Center Founder Dr. Donna Housman spoke on the importance of emotional, cognitive and social early learning for children’s lifelong well-being and success at 2018 China Education Symposium at Harvard Graduate School of Education, entitled “Where We Started, Where We Are...
  • Scaffolding Emotional Intelligence

    February 07, 2018 | Housman Institute
    Happy, sad, angry and afraid. These four primary emotions are universal for all human beings, of all ages. They are shared. They are human. They are real. They also are key to our lifelong learning, well-being and success. Our ability to recognize, understand, express and regulate emotions is commonly called emotional intelligence or...
  • Co-Regulation on the Pathway Towards Self-Regulation

    January 22, 2018 | Housman Institute
    Caregivers, educators, and policy makers are imperative for young children’s development of emotional, cognitive, and social skills. Specifically, self-regulation—defined by
  • The Importance of Causal Talk in the Emotional Experience

    January 11, 2018 | Housman Institute
    As early childhood educators, we have a duty to arm children with the skills needed to thrive—most importantly, social and emotional competencies. A powerful way to promote social and emotional skills is through conversations focused on emotion (commonly called Causal Talk or CT), and through...
  • The Art of Non-Verbal Communication

    December 22, 2017 | Housman Institute
     Communication allows us to connect with others through expressions of thought, feeling, and desire. We engage with actors on the big screen, empathize with characters in a gripping novel, and lament our friend’s pain as they share their struggles. The combination of words, tone, body language,...
  • Communication Through Emotion

    December 15, 2017 | Housman Institute
    Children communicate through expressions of emotion, which is our first language universally. Knowing one’s own and others’ emotions, as well as regulating them, is what is known as emotional competence or, in common parlance, emotional intelligence. Caregivers and early childhood educators are crucial in...