Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


Human Development & Family Science


This capstone project focused on the enhancement of social-emotional competence in preschool-aged children, typically ages 3 to 5 years old. Preschool children often struggle to express their feelings and solve social problems in stressful situations. According to Stein and Steed (2022), children with social-emotional challenges may struggle with several behaviors, including self-regulation, conflict resolution, and peer interaction. Furthermore, these social-emotional challenges are linked to an increased risk for later academic problems and mental health issues (Stein & Steed, 2022). Preschoolers need social-emotional skills to regulate their attention, emotions, and behavior. Because of this need, I developed a set of three lessons to foster preschool children’s social-emotional development, which will ultimately foster their resilience. The first lesson focused on being aware of and labeling feelings with words and expressions. The second lesson focused on preschool children learning to understand their peers’ feelings by recognizing them and showing understanding during group activities such as playtime. The third lesson focused on preschoolers demonstrating two ways to build positive peer relationships. My lessons were conducted at Marina Child Development Center in Marina, California. The participants were preschool children, ages 3 to 4 years old, in an inclusion classroom setting, including students with Individualized Education Plans and English language learners.