Promoting Self-Regulation in the First Five Years

Self-regulation is how we manage our feelings, energy level and thoughts in productive ways that help us stay connected with others and focused on goals in spite of challenges or disruptions. It’s what drives resilience and is a key life skill. Launched in infancy and early childhood, largely through responsive, supportive caregiver interactions, self-regulation impacts a number of outcomes in adult life.

The following report from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is one of a series of five briefs on self regulation:

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