Social and Emotional Development

Social and emotional development refers to the skills necessary to foster secure attachment with adults and maintain healthy relationships. These skills also help to regulate one's behavior and emotions and develop a healthy concept of personal identity. Positive social and emotional development provides a critical foundation for lifelong development and learning.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) promotes the social-emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL disseminates research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country. The center was formerly funded by the Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care.

The Pyramid Model

The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children.

Check out these print and video resources to support early care, education, and health providers.

Selected Resources

Last Reviewed: December 2016

Last Updated: December 2, 2016