Tools and Strategies for Supporting Children's Socio-Emotional Adjustment During Transitions in Care: University of South Florida and the Early Learning Coalition of Polk County

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This paper describes the process of developing and piloting the Early Care Adjustment Rating by Educators (E-CARE), as well as preparing child care professionals to implement it. The E-CARE is a practitioner-oriented, criterion-referenced instrument designed to identify and address adjustment difficulties that young children may experience during transitions in care. In addition to offering a tool for dealing with some of the earliest precursors of adjustment difficulties, the paper also showcases some of the benefits of collaborative partnerships between universities and community-based agencies. The E-CARE is part of a program of research and development through which the Center for Research on Children's Development and Learning at the University of South Florida is using a university-community partnership model to support the delivery of high-quality early care and educational programs. Through this genre of work, the Center seeks to shape public policy and professional practice regarding early development and school readiness by emphasizing the importance of investing in the earliest years of life and advocating for increased attention to socio-emotional development as a critical foundation for optimal development and learning

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Florida’s researcher/practitioner school readiness partnership: opportunities and potential, p. 135-158