Social-Emotional and Mental Health

Social-emotional development is a fundamental part of a child's overall health and well-being. Healthy social-emotional development, which is sometimes defined as early childhood mental health, correlates with healthy cognitive development and therefore creates a strong foundation for future school and life achievement.

What NICHQ is Doing

Through multiple projects, NICHQ has worked to develop, implement and evaluate sustainable approaches to addressing social-emotional and mental health for young children.

CDC Report on Children's Mental Health

Childhood Mental Health in the U.S.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Mental Health Surveillance Among Children—United States, 2005–2011," describes federal efforts on monitoring mental disorders, and presents estimates of the number of children with specific mental disorders.