Our Work: Improving Healthy Social and Emotional Development
Framework and Strategies
The Coalition has adopted the Pyramid Model as the foundation for all of our work in social and emotional development. We have also created two overarching strategies for our work. We summarize these strategies below and include links to Indicators Briefs that report our progress toward these goals.
The first strategy will focus on timely screening for maternal depression and yearly developmental screening for children 0-5.
- Screening for maternal depression is important because, when untreated, depression disrupts our ability to build and maintain nurturing relationships, and children's healthy development depends on such nurturing relationships. Indicator Brief
- *The screening tool we use is the PHQ-2.
- Screening young children for healthy development is important so that parents can be sure that children are developing on track and, if there is a concern, can get access to identification and treatment services. Indicator Brief
- *The screening tool we use is the ASQ and ASQ-SE, which can be found here.
Evidence Based Curriculum
The second strategy will ensure that early childhood professionals working with young children and their families understand and use evidence-based methods to support each child's social and emotional growth.
- Providing training in evidence based curricula for early care providers improves guidance and discipline approaches and classroom environment and leads to more positive child outcomes. Indicator Brief
- *One of the curricula we are using is Teaching Strategies Gold.
- Increased use of evidence based curricula in home visiting programs allows home visitors to provide parents with tested strategies that help build the positive relationships and experiences essential to healthy development. Indicator Brief
- *One of the curricula we are using is Growing Great Kids.
For a comprehensive look at what the Coalition set out to do, see our Strategic Plan.