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Who Am I? Developing a Sense of Self and Belonging

Kathy Reschke, ZERO TO THREE

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This article is an excerpt from the ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler EducatorsTM Course Curriculum, module SE-6: Promoting Children’s Sense of Self and Belonging. The course supports development of the essential skills educators need to optimize the social–emotional, cognitive, and language and literacy development of all infants and toddlers. For more information about the ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler EducatorsTM and related suite of products and services, visit www.zerotothree.org/criticalcompetencies.

Who am I? The words may be small but the question is one of the most significant ones in life. As might be expected, this fundamental aspect of being human begins construction in infancy.

A person may understand who he or she is from many different perspectives. Those perspectives, too, can be seen in very young children.

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