Healthy Social-Emotional Development

Every family must have access to resources and services that foster their baby’s heathy social‐emotional development.


Much like physical development, we need to foster a baby’s social and emotional health by ensuring a full spectrum of services, from prevention to intervention to treatment, is available to address their mental health needs.

Children who experience stressful or traumatic events at an early age are more likely to develop behavior and learning difficulties in school that can lead to long‐term consequences such as physical and mental health issues in adulthood. Research demonstrates that early prevention and treatment are more beneficial and cost effective than attempting to treat emotional difficulties and their effects on learning and health after they become serious.

What can you do?

Campaign Priorities

Help bring attention to what babies need to thrive: strong families, healthy starts and positive early learning experiences.

Campaign partners helping to make New Jersey babies a state  priority!