When it comes to being a successful member of society there are certain skills that one must master. And like most skills that successful adults employ, the foundation of these prosocial skills are built in early childhood. Early childhood educators are in a powerful position to help children strengthen the skills they need to be positive members of both the classroom community and the broader community in general.
Prosocial behaviors are those acts that help other people. They are the things we do on a daily basis to get along with others, support our loved ones, and protect others from harm. In many cases, prosocial behaviors entail putting the needs of others before our own.
Conversely, antisocial behaviors are acts that harm others. Acts such as aggression, bullying, intimidation, lying, theft, and vandalism are considered antisocial behaviors.
Studies have found that children with strong prosocial skills not only have stronger relationships with teachers and peers but also appear to have strong academic success as well. In this newsletter, we will explore details about prosocial skills and what early childhood educators can do to promote prosocial skills in their programs.
For the article What are Prosocial Behaviors?, CLICK HERE
For the article Skills that Lead to Prosocial Behaviors, CLICK HERE
For the article Strategies, CLICK HERE
For the article Director’s Corner, CLICK HERE