Social, emotional and behavioral health begins at birth and lays a foundation for children to:

Manage Emotions
Have Positive Relationships
Resolve Conflicts Peacefully
Take Care of Others

What is Social-Emotional Development

The process of learning these social and emotional skills begins at birth, as infants build attachments and trust with caregivers, learn how to calm themselves down, and later, to recognize emotions.

Like any skill, children develop social and emotional abilities gradually – with lots of support from caregivers as they learn.

Social-emotional well-being allows children to manage and express emotions in healthy ways, form close relationships, and learn.

As early childhood professionals, we play a key role in supporting the healthy development of the children in our care.

Starting at birth, caring and consistent relationships give children a foundation of safety and encouragement to explore the world around them. Supportive relationships allow children to express their feelings in a healthy way, have compassion for others, and learn the difference between right and wrong.

Positive relationships support healthy social-emotional development, which supports good mental health throughout life.

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