Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Lynn Gehrke

Second Reader

Cecilia Westby


social and emotional development, preschool, play-based education, parent strategies


Most parents strive to offer their children the best home and learning environments possible. They often believe that for their child to be the most intelligent and gifted possible, they must provide the best technology and toys for their children. However, the best for children is often not things, but rather the giving of play opportunities with peers and parents. Much research has shown that when typically developing children are given opportunities for interaction from infancy on with loving care providers and their physical needs are met, that not only will they develop cognitive strength; they will develop social and emotional strength as well. The purpose of this project is to explore the research on social and emotional development in young children and to provide parents with a guidebook of ideas to stimulate and encourage social and emotional growth in their children.


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