Defining the Problem

Social-emotional skills, such as the ability to recognize and manage one’s own emotions and the ability to understand the emotions of others, provide a foundation for building trusting relationships that are important in the family environment, school, and the work place.  For example, skills like cooperation and helpfulness have been linked to positive outcomes later in life such as having a job, being physically and mentally well, and being less criminally involved.1,2

The importance of social-emotional health and resilience for young children is becoming increasingly recognized nationwide.  Currently, we do not have a strong statewide data source on young children’s social-emotional health and resilience. North Carolina has an opportunity to be a national leader in developing the ability to track social emotional well-being for young children at a state level. The state has already begun work to identify appropriate data sources that would allow for this to be tracked.

Goal 7 Target

By 2025, North Carolina will have a reliable, statewide measure of young children’s social-emotional health and resilience at the population level.

*In data development. Data not yet available. Promising data sources include the Survey of Well-being of Young Children (SWYC), and the indicator for flourishing tracked on the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH).