At Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County, our play-based learning philosophy allows children to discover the world at their own pace through hands-on, fun activities. All of our classrooms use the Creative Curriculum, which is backed by comprehensive child development research. The curriculum is built upon hands-on learning, sensory awareness, creative expression, multicultural socialization and lessons that develop literacy and science skills, as well as self-esteem and physical development.
Social and Emotional DevelopmentAt CLC, social and emotional development is also a crucial part of our programs. Yale researchers, along with CLC teachers, administrators, children and families have created the first early childhood version of the breakthrough RULER program, an innovative approach to social and emotional development. RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning. It was developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and supports entire school communities in understanding the importance of emotions, building the skills of emotional intelligence, and creating and maintaining a positive environment at school.
Using the Yale University Pre-K RULERPreschool is the time when children begin to understand the cause of their emotions, making social and emotional development a crucial part of the preschool experience. Empathy also emerges and for many, it’s the first time they are asked to regulate emotions around people outside their families. The Yale University Pre-K RULER is all about helping children manage their emotions to create a positive place for learning. “The early childhood years are a sensitive period for the development of emotional intelligence. Children’s language and vocabulary skills are rapidly developing during this time and ensuring that children have the language and strategies they need to manage their emotions can have a profound impact on early childhood classrooms,” said Shauna Tominey, Ph.D. and Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
What does RULER stand for?According to the Yale University RULER Approach website, RULER stands for: Recognizing emotions in oneself and in others. Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions. Labeling emotions with a nuanced vocabulary. Expressing emotions in accordance with cultural norms and social context. Regulating emotions with helpful strategies. It is a way for children to use their emotions effectively – which improves everything from decision making and judgment to physical and mental health, according to Yale researchers. The program is used across all of CLC’s locations and programs.
Why are emotions important?According to the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, research shows that emotions influence many areas of our daily lives including:
- Our attention, memory and learning
- Our decision making
- Our creativity
- Our mental and physical wellbeing
- Our ability to form and maintain positive relationships
- Our academic and workplace performance