Social Emotional Well-Being

Social Emotional Well-Being

Healthy social, emotional and behavioral well-being is defined as a child’s developing capacity to:
• Form close, secure, meaningful relationships
• Experience, regulate and express emotions
• Explore the environment and learn new skills

Children’s development takes place within the caregiving environment around them. We can create places where children thrive.


Research, Articles, and Documents

Social-Emotional  Development: Birth  to  12  Months

Social-Emotional  Development: 12  to  24  Months

Social-Emotional Development: 24  to  36  Months

Growing Up Well: Supporting Young Children's Social Emotional Development and Mental Health in North Carolina

Mental Health and Behavioral Supports for NC Pre-K Children

Getting to Great: The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Great Expectations Activation Plan

Child  and  Family Well-Being and  Homelessness Integrating  Research into Practice and  Policy

Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool For Family Shelters

Catching Emotional and Developmental Problems in Homeless Children

Blog Posts

Even Kids Get the Holiday Blues

Tips on Promoting The Positive Mental Health of Kids

Building Stepping Stones to Childhood Mental Health


Play is More Than Just Fun
TED Talk: A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults -- and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

Meet the Experts

Lucy Daniels Center
Children’s mental health is our priority at the Lucy Daniels Center, where we help children with emotional, mental and social challenges succeed through in-depth evaluation and treatment, family involvement and education.

ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development.

PNC Growing Up Great
We provide innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community partners to enhance children's learning and development, particularly in underserved communities.

Center on the Developing Child
The mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.