Using Positive Reinforcement With Young Children

Jessica K. Hardy, Ragan H. McLeod

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Positive reinforcement is a research-based practice essential for supporting young children’s use of appropriate behaviors and skills. The application of positive reinforcement also is consistent with recommendations by national organizations for early childhood and early childhood special education. In this article, we describe eight guidelines for planning, implementing, and evaluating positive reinforcement in early childhood contexts that are based on current research and recommendations of these professional organizations. Examples of the use of guidelines and tools for supporting implementation are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-107
Number of pages13
JournalBeyond Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020


  • early childhood
  • education
  • evidence-based
  • interventions
  • preschool
  • school/classroom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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