The Social-Emotional Teaching & Learning Lab
Conducting rigorous research to benefit the emotional well-being of young children and the people who care for them.
About Our Lab
The UIC Social-Emotional Teaching & Learning Lab, housed in the Department of Psychology, studies the quality of early childhood environments, especially how children’s social-emotional competence and well-being. We examine early childhood teacher-child interactions, classroom processes, instruction quality and emotion socialization practices that promote children’s social success, positive development, and achievement. Additionally, adopting ecological perspectives, we study systems and policies that impact young children’s learning (e.g., recent preschool expulsion legislation, child care providers’ workplace experiences and well-being, and equity and inclusion in quality care)
What Our Research Says
Zinsser, Silver, Hussaini, & Zulauf (2019)
About the Implementation of Preschool Expulsion Legislation
About 35% of the responding Illinois programs had expelled at least one child in the past year. On average programs expelled almost 2% of children enrolled in their programs. However rates of expulsion and knowledge of the new law varied widely by program type, funding, location, and populations served.