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Social and Emotional Development

Keeping Young Minds Healthy

This TIME article spells out early childhood mental health with illustrative examples, and explains the lifetime payoff of investing in prevention programs early on.

10 Fundamentals of Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems

Released in March 2011, this report provides an analysis of states' progress toward building and using early care and education (ECE) data systems. is a Web site on children's mental health launched by the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut.  Although designed for parents, caregivers, practition

Element 5: Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning Programs

Authored By: 
National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

Element 5 is a key factor in the overall success of an SS/HS Initiative. This element focuses on the social and emotional development of children under age 8, with the aim of improving school readiness and preventing issues with violence and alcohol and other drug use from ever occurring.

Element 3: Student Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Supports

Authored By: 
National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

Element 3 focuses on providing students with the behavioral, social, and emotional supports they need to succeed in school and in life. This brief reviews the importance of element 3 to SS/HS work for project directors, and provides information and resources to effectively offer these supports.

What Works for Promoting and Enhancing Positive Social Skills: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions

Child Trends

This fact sheet reviews 38 rigorously evaluated programs to identify what works to promote social skills among children and adolescents (such as getting along with others, expressing empathy to oth

The Impact of Enhancing Students

Child Development

This meta-analysis synthesizes 213 studies of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for children in grades K-12.