Social and Emotional Resources

Sharing, making friends, paying attention, expressing emotions, and dealing with challenges successfully are valuable skills that form the foundation for lifelong learning and development. The seeds of these skills – called “social and emotional development” – are sewn through children’s earliest experiences. As caregivers respond sensitively to the needs of their infants, they communicate messages that are vital to helping children feel loved and secure.

Like all skills, social and emotional development takes nurturing. Check out our new resources for simple ways parents and caregivers can help foster children’s healthy social and emotional development right from birth.

Featured Resources

New: Understanding your Child's Behavior

Your child’s behavior says a lot about how they’re feeling at that time. The way they express their feelings depends on their age and development. Even when their behavior is challenging, try to understand why your child is behaving a certain way. Here are some ways you can help!

New: Parenting is a Journey

As a parent or caregiver, you know that having a young child comes with both joys and challenges. You learn new things about them and how to manage different situations every day. This is a process that will last throughout your journey of caring for your child. Here are a few tips to help you build a strong, loving relationship with your child.

Milestones: Understanding Your Child's Social and Emotional Development from Birth to Age 5

Learn about key social and emotional milestones at various ages from birth to age 5. A strong social and emotional foundation powerfully impacts children’s later positive attitudes, behaviors, and other outcomes.

Fostering Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children

Fun and easy tips for parents and families who want to support their children's social and emotional development from birth to age 5 during their everyday routines.

Resource Directory

Let's Talk About Feelings Poster Print Out

Parenting as a Process

Setting Limits with Love

Six Ways Parents Can Raise Empathetic Children

Building Skills to Last a Lifetime

Toxic Stress

Track Your Child's Developmental Milestones

Talking is Teaching Storybook

Tips for Grandparents

"Let's Share Kindness" Toolkit

DJ's Busy Day

Let’s Talk about Art!

Video: How To Write A Lullaby

How to Create Your Own Lullaby

Social and Emotional Development Research Background

Fostering Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children

Video: Build Your Baby's Self-Confidence

Video: Talk During Bathtime

Video: Talk as You Explore

Video: Learn Through the Senses

Video: Talk About Healthy Foods

Video: Talk and Move Together

Video: Play Fun Games with Your Baby

Video: Make Everyday Moments Talking Moments

Video: Sing Your Favorite Songs Together

Video: Have Fun with Sounds and Language

Dual Language Learners: Five Tips for Parents

Tips for Talking with Multiple Children

Playtime Activities Tip Sheet

Tips for Using Language at Home and in the Community

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