Our Work: Improving Healthy Social and Emotional Development


Framework and Strategies

The Coalition has adopted the 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.
    • *The screening tool we use is the .
  • 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.
    • *The screening tool we use is the ASQ and ASQ-SE, which can be .

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.
  • 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.

Coalition Reports

For a comprehensive look at what the Coalition set out to do, see our .

You can also review our , and/or our which excerpts key highlights from the annual report.