School readiness milestones in early childhood, such as basic writing and counting, independently dressing, and making new friends are important, but just as important are social and emotional competencies. Proper social and emotional skills, though harder to measure, are crucial for academic success. Social and emotional skills help children with self-regulation, day-to-day interactions, and resilience. Parents, caregivers, and early childhood programs need to ensure that they are promoting social and emotional development just as much as academic skills.
To read the article from Child Trends, click here.