Here you will find links to resources about care, services, and support and websites about promoting healthy social and emotional development. Separate sections
present websites about babies and young kids and school-age kids and teens. Another lists websites for teens.
Care, Services, and Support
Academy of Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry (AACAP): Facts for Families.
families in English and Spanish
on topics like bullying,
and violence on television.
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): HealthyChildren.org.
Information about developmental
stages, healthy living, safety and prevention, family
life, and health issues.
- Bright Futures at Georgetown University: Family Materials. Booklets, tip sheets, and forms to help you play an active role in your child's
health and well-being and to help you work together with health professionals. Some materials are available in Spanish.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Positive Parenting
Tips. Suggestions in English and Spanish for helping your child or teen learn and develop.
Voices (FV): IMPACT on Health and Wellness for Families..
Information about physical and emotional health and wellness
by age group or stages of development and by theme
(i.e., family support, child development, mental health,
healthy weight, healthy food
and eating, physical activity, oral health, healthy sexual
development and sexuality, safety and injury prevention,
and community relationships
Health information in English and Spanish for parents,
teens, and kids on topics that include
emotions and behavior, growth and development,
and positive parenting.
Babies and Young Kids
School-Age Kids and Teens
- Center for Young Women's Health. Health and wellness information in English and Spanish for teen girls about health and development, emotional health, and other topics.
- girlshealth.gov. Facts for girls about taking care
of their bodies. Self-esteem, body
image, stress, and relationships are
some of the topics covered.
- TeensHealth. Health information in English and Spanish. Topics include feelings, emotions, relationships, and dealing with problems.
- Young Men's Health. Health and wellness information for teen guys and young men about health, development, emotional health, and sexuality.
- Office on Women's Health. 2010. Bright Futures: A Young Woman's Guide to Emotional Wellness, rev. ed. Rockville, MD: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This guide for young women provides tips on how to improve emotional health by appreciating yourself, finding balance and purpose, and connecting with others. The guide is available in English and Spanish.
Learn more about healthy social and emotional development.
Need more information? Use the collection of resources that library staff have put together for you and your family.
Social and Emotional Development in Kids and Teens: Family Resource Brief, 2nd ed. (May 2011). (Updated: July 2014).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library.
Reviewers: Lauren Agoratus, M.A., Family Voices and Family-to-Family Health Information Resource Center at the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of N.J.; Robin L. Harwood, Ph.D., Maternal and Child Health Bureau; Keri Linas, Ph.D., Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development; Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Library; Judi Siegel, L.I.C.S.W., Children's Hospital Boston.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library.