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Social Emotional Development

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We know from research that is being conducted on the brains of young children that the early years are crucial and lay the foundation for later development. If children are going to succeed in school, at work and life, they also need necessary social and emotional skills. 

Core Social & Emotional Skills

  • Regulating Behavior
  • Developing empathy
  • Building & Maintaining Relationships
  • Coping and Managing Emotions


The Maine Social Emotional Learning & Development Project

For over a year, the Growth Council, Maine Children’s Alliance and the Maine Department of Education have partnered with national and state experts on a research project to better understand the social and emotional learning and development of young children in Maine. The project began at the behest of the State Legislature in response to an increase in the reporting of challenging behaviors in Maine’s young children. The co-chairs of the Maine Children's Growth Council presented their complete findings and recommendations to the Legislative Joint-Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs in March 27, 2017. 

This work was supported by the Ounce of Prevention Fund, the National Center for Children in Poverty and the Alliance for Early Success.



2017 Social Emotional Report

Social Emotional 101

SELD Resource Page

SELD Survey Presentation to Education Committee