Wellness in Early Childhood

North Carolina can better support young children’s social-emotional health and development

Young children’s social-emotional development is critical to their long-term health and well-being. Mental health significantly impacts babies’ and toddlers’ ability to learn, establish healthy connections with others, manage their emotions, and grow into capable adults. Unfortunately, many children suffer significant adversity in early childhood, including violence, maltreatment, poverty, racism, and other experiences that can disrupt their social-emotional growth.

We can support and protect children’s mental health & development through parent- and family-centered programs of prevention, promotion, early identification, and appropriate intervention. North Carolina must develop a more robust and coordinated system of services to support children’s social-emotional well-being.

Resources from Our Partners

Filling the Data Gap: Recommendations for Young Children's Social-Emotional Health in North Carolina
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Growing Up Well: Supporting Young Children’s Social-Emotional Development and Mental Health in North Carolina
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Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Action Framework
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More on the social-emotional health from NC Child

See the most frequently asked questions about social-emotional health.