North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Emotional and Social Development (ESD)

Subdomain: Learning About Feelings

Goal: Children recognize and respond to the needs and feelings of others.

Skill Progression: Recognizes and responds to needs and feelings of others

Age: 33-36 Months

Click here to go to all skills for ages 33-36 Months.

Talks about others’ emotions and understand what elicits them (infers cause)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Have a discussion during snack about feelings. Alternatively, use a book with pictures of feelings.

Elicitation Strategy

Talk about actual situations or pictures in books. Ask why she thinks the child is showing a particular emotion.

Behavior Observed

The child hypothesizes what she thinks might be causing emotions in others based on situations or pictures.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help early childhood educators and parents understand how reading storybooks is a good way to talk about emotions. Demonstrate how to talk about the characters’ actions, and feelings. Compare these to the child’s feelings and those of others she knows.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

©2015 by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit