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Social Emotional Development

Encouraging healthy social-emotional development of all children is a major goal of early intervention. Here you will find resources to help you as you interact with families and share strategies for positive social-emotional development. Visit the resource landing pad for information about evidence-based practices and topics; online, print, and video resources, and Virginia-specific guidance.


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Landing Pad

Challenging Behaviors PDF | HTML

Social Emotional Development Landing Pad PDF | HTML


Articles & Handouts

Zero to Three

Development of Social-Emotional Skills (external website)

On this page you will find three handouts that can be shared with parents to promote healthy social emotional development for children ages birth to 12 months, 12 to 24 months, and 24 to 36 months.

Social Emotional Milestones for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers   PDF | DOC

This one page resource provides those who work with or care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with information about supporting healthy emotions, relationships, exploration and learning.

Social Emotional Health and School Readiness  PDF | DOC

This booklet provides parents with information about social emotional milestones, discipline, and how parents can interact with their children to encourage healthy social emotional development.



Online Learning

Social Emotional Development of Young Children
Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU
This module was developed as an introduction to social emotional development, also known as infant mental health, for children birth to age five. Topics include an overview of social emotional development, evidence-basd research including a framework for infant child mental health, and reflections on the impact of past experiences, family, culture on healthy social emotional development.




Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) (external website)

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. Visit this website for many resources, such as training modules research syntheses, practical strategies and briefs, videos, and transcripts of topical chat sessions. Many resources are available in English and Spanish.

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Technical Assistance Center of Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) (external website)

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day.

Resources include articles, podcasts, videos, handouts, issue briefs, and tools you can use. Most of these free products are available on the website foryou to immediately view, download and use.



Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center