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.

Social-emotional problems among young children are common

  • Between 9.5 and 14.2 percent of children between birth and five years old experience social emotional problems that negatively impact their functioning, development and school-readiness.
  • Approximately 9 percent of children who receive specialty mental health services in the United States are younger than 6 years old.
  • Boys show a greater prevalence of behavior problems than girls.

Source: NCCP,Social-emotional Development in Early Childhood  What Every Policymaker Should Know
Authors: Janice L. Cooper, Rachel Masi, and Jessica Vick
Publication Date: August 2009

Social-emotional Development in Early Childhood