Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Liberal Studies


Human Development and Family Studies


Children learn to manage and experience emotions, and form relationships with others in the early childhood years (ages 3 to 8). The quality of their care and experiences in early childhood have an impact on their brain development and thus affect later development. Likewise, the lack of quality care and in experiences can hinder the child’s social-emotional development. As a result, children will develop antisocial behaviors and may have negative outcomes later in their life. These antisocial behaviors may harm their ability to form relationships with others, express themselves, and achieve academic success. Children in early childhood should develop prosocial social-emotional skills such as self-regulation, appropriately expressing their feelings, and learning to be kinder towards each other. Children who display these traits are likely to succeed in academic goals and foster relationships with others.

For my project, I led a set of activities designed to promote social-emotional development in transitional kindergarteners (TK). I completed my project at Monte Vista Elementary and selected 5 student participants from a TK class.

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