Social & Emotional Development

The Parent Toolkit has consulted many sources while developing the social and emotional development section, but there are many more additional resources that parents can consult when seeking support and guidance. Included here are some links that may be helpful.

  • Edutopia

    Edutopia’s curated list of blogs, articles, and videos for parents about fostering kindness, empathy, resilience, perseverance, and focus in children.

  • Zero to Three

    Looking for social and emotional development guidance for a younger child? The Zero to Three website from the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families has developed a resource.  


    Explore over 8,000 videos with top experts in parenting. The site also features videos with parents who have dealt with particular issues and can share their hard-earned wisdom.

  • National Center for Learning Disabilities

    The National Center for Learning Disabilities’ resource for parents helps to support social and emotional development in children with learning disabilities.

  • National Autism Resource and Information Center

    The National Autism Resource and Information Center has resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities and their families. 

  • NIMH

    The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. The child and adolescent mental health landing page offers fact sheets and videos on the developing brain, anxiety, depression and more. 

  • U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a toll-free and confidential hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing assistance in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. In the U.S., call 800-662-HELP (4357)


    In addition to providing online resources, provides a toll-free hotline and nationwide support service for parents (and other primary caregivers of children) who want to talk to someone about their child’s drug use and drinking. The Helpline number is 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373) and is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm ET. (Closed weekends and holidays.) 


    Resources for parents, children and caregivers on preventing, coping and handling bullying from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

  • National Crime Prevention Council

    Information and resources to help prevent bullying from the National Crime Prevention Council. 

  • Online ChartTool

    Help your child set, track and work toward goals with free online charts and graphs.

  • CommonSense Media Topic Centers

    Common Sense Media is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. The organization’s Parent Concerns page contains age-appropriate guidelines for families on topics such as social media, screen time and bullying plus videos and articles to help with tough conversations. 

  • Vroom

    Vroom is a free resource that provides tips for parents of young children to turn everyday moments into brain building moments. It was developed with early childhood experts, neuroscientists, parents and community leaders. 

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