Pre-K Social-Emotional Learning

Pre-K Social-Emotional Learning (often called Pre-K SEL) provides early educators the opportunity to learn the knowledge and skills to build warm relationships with 3- to 5-year old children, parents, and co-workers; to create positive and productive classroom climates. Pre-K SEL also assists early educators in learning the skills necessary to prevent challenging behavior; and, to manage disruptive behavior and teach children new skills, thus entering kindergarten ready to learn.


Pre-K Social-Emotional Learning helps early educators:

  • Identify how children develop social and emotional skills
  • Develop positive relationships with children, families, and colleagues
  • Implement preventive classroom practices that support development and appropriate behavior
  • Develop skills to implement social and emotional teaching strategies
  • Understand methods for implementing intensive individualized interventions for children displaying
    challenging behaviors

Pre-K Social-Emotional Learning includes the following lessons:

  1.   The Foundation of Social-Emotional Learning  3 hours
  2.   Social-Emotional Development  2 hours
  3.   Temperament  3 hours
  4.   Influences on Social-Emotional Learning I  3 hours
  5.   Influences on Social-Emotional Learning II  3 hours
  6.   Building Positive Relationships  3 hours
  7.   Classroom Preventive Practices I  3 hours
  8.   Classroom Preventive Practices II  3 hours
  9.   Classroom Preventive Practices III  4 hours
  10.   Understanding Behavior I  3 hours
  11.   Understanding Behavior II  3 hours
  12.   Social-Emotional Teaching Strategies I  3 hours
  13.   Social-Emotional Teaching Strategies II  3 hours
  14.   Intensive Individualized Interventions I  4 hours
  15.   Intensive Individualized Interventions II  2 hours

Pre-K Social-Emotional Learning offers the following to all participants:

  • Up to 45 hours of professional development credit from the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)
  • Available for anyone to enroll in FREE OF CHARGE
  • FREE course materials and access to in-depth content, including a participant manual and other resources, such as
    Bein' With You This Way, On Monday When It Rained, both Kindergarten Readiness Indicator Checklists for Parents and for Teachers, two quote posters, and three quick reference charts
  • Up to 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU), upon request
  • Certificate of Completion and Verification of Training Hours, upon request
  • Opportunity to collaborate and build community engagement with other industry expert

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) approves all courses provided by Early Care and Education Projects for professional development credit. However, the awarding of professional development credit is based solely on the discretion of your local school district. Learn more by reviewing the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Professional Development (Feb 2016).

Visit the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) to find available courses or call (800) 632-8754.


Contact Jennifer Bowman to find out more.

Jennifer L. Bowman
Jennifer L. Bowman
(RSSV)-Research & Service Units
Training Advisor
Early Care & Education Projects