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CPP Eligibility Factor - Poor Social Skills of the Child

Clarification of Eligibility Factor

Poor social skills of the child (C.R.S. 22-28- 06 (1) (a.5) (VIII)).

This eligibility factor encompasses all aspects of a child’s social and emotional well-being, including:

  • The ability to form satisfying relationships with adults and peers.
  • The ability to understand and express emotions in socially acceptable ways.
  • The ability to resolve conflict, and cope with challenges.
  • The ability to meet developmentally appropriate social and behavioral expectations including self-regulation and social problem solving

How It May Be Documented

  • Developmental screeners
  • Staff documentation on home visits
  • Exclusion or expulsion from other preschool/child care programs or community activities
  • Social services or medical referrals (Department of Human Services or Mental Health referrals)
  • Extensive documentation of family concerns that align with low social and emotional development. 

Significance of Factor in regards to School Readiness

  • Early learning and early social and emotional development are closely connected. Social and emotional development involves the acquisition of skills needed to play and work with peers, to regulate emotions in prosocial ways, to communicate with adults, to control negative emotions, and be aware of social customs within one's community.
  • A child’s emotional status affects early school performance, which in turn, predicts later school outcomes. Children who have difficulty with the following do less well in school:
    • Paying attention
    • Following directions
    • Getting along with others
    • Controlling negative emotions of anger and distress
  • When children’s challenging behavior persists, the problems are likely to worsen and become compounded by related problems including peer and adult rejection and coercive relationships. Early appearing behavior problems in a child’s preschool career are the single best predictor of delinquency in adolescence, gang membership, and adult incarceration.

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