Effective Practice Guides: Social and Emotional Development (ECKLC)


Effective Practice Guides: Social and Emotional Development (ECKLC) - Positive social and emotional development in the early years provides a critical foundation for lifelong development and learning. Social development refers to a child’s ability to create and sustain meaningful relationships with adults and other children. Emotional development is a child’s ability to express, recognize, and manage his or her emotions, as well as respond appropriately to others’ emotions. Both social and emotional development are important for young children’s mental health. In fact, early childhood mental health is the same as social and emotional development!

To read more about this domain, visit the Interactive Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. The Social and Emotional Development domains for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers include the following sub-domains:


Behavior Early Childhood Social/Emotional