Indicators for Social-emotional Development in Early Childhood: A Guide for Local Stakeholders

Isakson, Elizabeth A.; Higgins, Louisa B.; Davidson, Leslie L.; Cooper, Janice L.

Social-emotional development in young children encompasses how young children feel about themselves, how they behave and how they relate to people close to them, such as caregivers, teachers, and peers. Although infant and early childhood mental health are often used in the same way, the term social-emotional development illustrates the importance of prevention and early intervention. There is strong evidence linking social-emotional health in the early childhood years (birth to 6) to subsequent school success and health in preteen and teen years, and to long term health and wellbeing in adulthood. However, research also shows that effective programs that address social-emotional health early in life can promote resilience and actually prevent mental health problems later in life.


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National Center for Children in Poverty
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University
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June 7, 2010