Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 143–148 | Cite as

A Preschool Pilot Study of Connecting with Others: Lessons for Teaching Social and Emotional Competence

  • Betsy L. Schultz
  • Rita Coombs Richardson
  • Catherine R. BarberEmail author
  • Daryl Wilcox


Social-emotional learning in early childhood sets the stage for students’ future behaviors in schools. The current study examined the effects of a social-emotional skills curriculum on the behavior of students in an early childhood program. The children received instruction in social and emotional skills using the Connecting with Others: Lessons for Teaching Social and Emotional Competence program. Pre-test and post-test scores for the BASC-2 Rating Scale and the Connecting with Others Rating Scale were used to determine if the children demonstrated progress in their behaviors by the end of the intervention. The results indicated that the social skills curriculum Connecting with Others: Lessons for Teaching Social and Emotional Competence was associated with positive changes in the children’s behaviors.


Social skills Character education Emotional skills Early childhood Preschool 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Betsy L. Schultz
    • 1
  • Rita Coombs Richardson
    • 2
  • Catherine R. Barber
    • 2
    Email author
  • Daryl Wilcox
    • 1
  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityWayneUSA
  2. 2.University of St. ThomasHoustonUSA

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