This list contains a variety of resources associated with strategies for parents and caregivers for supporting a child’s social development.
Making Friends and Getting Along with Peers
Source: The National Academies Press
This chapter from the book From Neurons to Neighborhoods discusses how establishing relationships with peers is a major developmental task that is not always easy for children.
Promoting Positive Peer Social Interactions
Source: The Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
This brief discusses the importance of successful social interactions to promote positive social and emotional development in children.
Promoting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Health
Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
This resource describes why social and emotional health matters, shows how to build trusting relationships and teach social/emotional skills to young children.
Social Development in 3-5 Year Olds
Preschoolers are learning sophisticated ways to relate to others. This article provides information on social development, including empathy, imagination, and more.
Supporting Social-Emotional Development
Source: Teaching Strategies
This webinar series, featuring short instructional videos, addresses positive relationships, modeling empathy, and the importance of social-emotional and cognitive development.