Key Components of Healthy Mental Development in Early Childhood
In early childhood, healthy social and emotional development depends on how children view themselves and the extent to which they feel valued by others. The quality of the parent-child relationship is the foundation for emotional well-being and the emerging sense of mastery and self-esteem.The following pages highlight the roles of the family and the provider in helping the child successfully achieve social and emotional developmental goals. Topics include:
The interview questions, provider tips, and guidance for families suggested on the following pages are intended to be used selectively to promote healthy mental development; when a provider suspects or identifies mental health problems; or whenever a parent raises concerns about the child's development, learning, or behavior.