Social and Emotional Health

  • We're here to help infants, young children, and their families develop into socially and emotionally healthy beings. Below are some resources to help with that.

    "Brain Hero" - A 3-Minute Video from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University
    To learn more and to watch the video, go to

    Social-Emotional Health and School Readiness
    This resource was developed by the Social-Emotional Health Advisory Committee to ECIC. It is a basic guide for parents who want to help their young children (birth to age five) to be socially and emotionally healthy so they can succeed in school and life.

    Concerned about your child's behavior? 
    Van Buren ISD Early On has information that may be helpful for parents.



    Social and emotional well-being leads to school readiness

    According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, an infant's brain at birth has about 100 billion nerve cells - nerve cells that have not yet formed the critical connections that determine a child's emotional, social and intellectual makeup.

    Since parents are a young child's first teachers, they can deeply affect the "wiring" of the brain through interaction with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

    A young child's social and emotional development is largely dependent on the emotional well-being of his or her parents.

    When parents and young children are emotionally tuned in to each other, caregivers can more easily read the child's emotional cues and respond appropriately to his or her needs.  This responsive relationship between the young child and parents supports healthy development in communication, cognition, social-emotional competence and moral understanding.

    Children are more likely to succeed in the transition to school if parents can help them

    • accurately identify emotions in themselves and others
    • relate to teachers and peers in positive ways
    • manage feelings of anger, frustration and distress when faced with an emotionally charged situation (for instance, when another child takes a favorite toy)
    • enjoy learning and approach it enthusiastically
    • pay attention and work both independently and cooperatively in a structured environment

    For signs of social and emotional well-being for infants, toddlers and preschoolers as well as warning signs for potential social-emotional concerns, please refer to Michigan's Department of Community Health guide entitled Social-Emotional Development in Young Children.


    Great links to support your child's social-emotional development:

    What every child needs for good mental health

    Nine steps to more effective parenting