Why do children behave the way they do? And why do teachers respond to children’s behavior the way they do? And what can you do to support all of them? There is no single script or one right answer. But with the realistic and practical strategies in this book, directors and administrators of early childhood programs and principles of schools can develop the skills to build a team that works together to support all children and staff. Topics include Defining your role as a leader and creating a positive social climate Recognizing the messages children are communicating with their behavior Examining the effects of your own and teachers’ biases and expectations on behavior Guiding teachers to develop strategies for preventing and responding effectively to challenging behavior, focusing on building relationships Collaborating with families Understanding the effects of trauma on behavior and implementing trauma-informed practices Your support and guidance can make all the difference in the ability of teachers, children, families, and the program itself to flourish.