Social Emotional Early Childhood (SEEC)

St. Louis Region

The State of Missouri has the highest level of school suspensions in the nation, with St. Louis being the highest concentration in the state. In fact, in St. Louis, children score 61% higher in social-emotional delays than the national average. The SEEC Project is a multi-tiered research-based approach that teaches social-emotional skills in which all children benefit from provided preventative strategies for children who are at-risk for social-emotional delays and help determine interventions for children exhibiting challenging behaviors. 

We have partnered with Project Launch to bring a grant funded project which is currently open to small centers, group homes, and licensed and registered family childcare providers in St. Louis City with priority given to providers in the 63104, 63106, 63107, 63113 and 63118 zip codes. It is comprised of 4 levels designed to follow sequentially.  

Here are some of the highlights of each level:

The project was developed in 2006 to help address the challenges teachers were and are facing with children’s behaviors in the classroom that are disrupting instructional time. The training provides information that is based in theory and research that specifically looks at the impact of trauma, poverty and toxic stress that impact children’s readiness to learn.

Since the beginning of this project in 2006, 4,678 children have been impacted by the hard work of 749 teachers.


The CSEFEL website will provide you with scripted social stories, book lists/nook, teaching social emotional skills and help develop behavior support plans. Click below for more information! 

The CA inclusion website will give you resources in relationship and environments, teaching Social-Emotional strategies, emotional literacy, managing strong emotions, problem solving, conflict resolution, and book nook. Click below for more information! 

Free resources, videos and articles on trauma informed, evidence-based and research backed SEL best practice.

The Backpack Connection Series was created by TACSEI to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Teachers may choose to send a handout home in each child’s backpack when a new strategy or skill is introduced to the class. Each Backpack Connection handout provides information that helps parents stay informed about what their child is learning at school and specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home. This series was developed in collaboration with Pyramid Plus: The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion and Bal Swan Children’s Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

Click below to view ideas you can add for Preschoolers in your classroom!

Click below to view ideas you can add for infants/toddlers in your classroom!

Click below to view ideas you can add for your leaders!.


Children with developmental, behavioral or physical challenges and their families are offered security, compassion and understanding. Inclusion Services assist families in locating quality inclusive programs and work with the program staff to assure the best care possible. 



Received training on best practices



Received on-site consultation



Maintained quality placement



Received Assistance

United4Children is the only Missouri State funded program addressing the federal recommendation of reducing suspension rates.

U4C's Main Line: 

(314) 531-1412

Inclusion Services: 

(800) 467-2322

Missouri's Early Care and Resource and Referral Line:


U4C's Fax: (314) 531-4184

5501 Delmar Blvd.
Suite B520
Saint Louis, MO 63112