• Science-Backed Benefits of Practicing Gratitude with Kids

    November 25, 2019 | Jill Gerson
    With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we here at Housman Institute are reflecting on gratitude and what it means for the development of emotional intelligence in young children. Robert Emmons, Ph.D. is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. As a professor of psychology and founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of...
  • Teaching Kids Kindness Prepares Them for Success

    November 18, 2019 | Dr. Donna Housman
    November marks World Kindness Day, observed for over twenty years in many countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Nigeria, and the United Arab Emirates. Through the begin to ECSEL program, overseen by Housman Institute, Beginnings School has been actively promoting kindness since our inception, not only because...
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    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...