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Dr. JoAnn Robinson, Dr. Preston Britner, Anne Bladen, Diane Gozemba

Field of Study

Human Development and Family Studies


Master of Arts

Open Access

Open Access


Social emotional development has been found to be a key component in a child’s developmental trajectory, as it supports many developmental domains. Low-income children often enter school having experienced low social emotional support due to the many external barriers that often challenge their families’ ability to foster positive social emotional development. The present literature has made it clear that there is an association between a child’s social emotional trajectory, family functioning, and parent-child interactions. Further, home-based intervention and prevention in early childhood is effective in promoting social emotional development. This investigation aims to assess the efforts of a particular Early Head Start program’s long-term goal to document and highlight the fostering of social emotional development within their home visiting program. An innovative method of highlighting home visitor planning and execution of social emotional activities and experiences for children and their families was implemented in their routine home visitor documentation form. Overall, it was found that the innovative documentation significantly increased the utilization of social emotional curriculum, activities, and materials.

Major Advisor

Dr. JoAnn Robinson