Prompting Executive Function Skills
Executive function skills are a broad set of skills that support the process of thinking and learning. Growing research shares the importance of executive function skills as critical building blocks in learning and as predictors of school achievement. Early childhood teachers play a central role in promoting executive function skills. How? Think play. Complex and intentional play, such as dramatic play and partner play, can be the springboard to inviting many executive function skills to be practiced and mastered.
- Content Area II: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
- II.B: Promoting Cognitive Development
This course is designed to be part of a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential curriculum. It covers CDA Subject Area 2: Steps to Advance Children’s Physical and Intellectual Development, and CDA Subject Area 8: Principles of Child Development and Learning. This course can also be taken as a stand-alone learning event, or as part of a broader early childhood education curriculum.