Early Childhood Executive Functions

Self-regulation skills in Early Childhood

In a high quality early childhood program children receive opportunities to develop their executive functioning skills. Young children are able to focus on self-regulation skills such as problem-solving, self-control, goal setting, and working with their peers.

Self-regulation includes:

  • Self-control

  • Flexible Thinking

  • Working Memory

Children learn and practice these self-regulation skills through hands-on activities.

For more information about the research and promotion on self-regulation please visit the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University or the Mind in The Making Organization website.