Perspectives on Early Childhood Psychology and Education

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Early childhood is a period that is marked by rapid changes in development. Exposure to enriched experiences such as positive family interactions, participation in early childhood education, and community engagement can foster healthy development and prevent many behavioral and mental health difficulties. Conversely, young children’s development can be negatively influenced by a variety of risk-factors that have unfortunate long-term outcomes. Given the pervasive impact of behavioral development on young children’s overall developmental outcomes, research examining strategies to enhance young children’s positive behavioral outcomes is needed. The purpose of this paper is to introduce Part 1 of a two part special issue in Perspectives on Early Childhood Psychology and Education that pertains to enhancing young children’s behavioral outcomes. Rationale for the special issue, content of included articles, and special considerations for readers are described.