1. Discuss the issues with parents…early!
3. Document observations; use the ECELS Behavioral Data Collection Sheet.
4. Include the child’s health care provider. Primary care providers should evaluate all children with persistent behavior problems. Encourage the parents to bring the Behavioral Data Collection Sheet.
5. Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants (ECMHCs) are available through the PA Keys.
6. Avoid expulsion. Expulsion can prevent children from receiving the help they need.
7. Create a policy. Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th edition contains the Special Care Plan for a Child with Behavioral Concerns (pp. 140-141). This is a fill in the blank policy for positive behavior management.
Implement ways to support positive behavior in your work with children. Online resources include:
• ECELS - Managing Challenging Behaviors Webinar
• ECELS - Behavior: Managing Challenging Behaviors in Young Children Self-Learning Module
• PA Positive Behavioral Support Network Getting Started in Program-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports https://papbs.org/ProgramwidePBIS.aspx
• Early Intervention Technical Assistance (EITA) Social Emotional Resources for Early Learning Programs http://www.eita-pa.org/sedevelopment/
• Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/ research and evidence-based practices promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5
Review best practice standards from Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition:
• 220.127.116.11 Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants
• 18.104.22.168 Discipline Measures
• 22.214.171.124 Handling Physical Aggression, Biting, and Hitting
• 126.96.36.199 Preventing Expulsions, Suspensions, and Other Limitations in Service
• 188.8.131.52 Written Discipline Policies Reviewed and reaffirmed 6/2021