Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Why Social and Emotional Skill Building in Early Childhood Matters

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.

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KidsMentalHealthInfo.com has an evidence-based practice directory that lists mental health providers trained in popular evidence-based practices available in Connecticut for children and families with behavioral health needs. Evidence-based practices are those supported by research showing that they work for most children.