- FindYouthInfo.gov. Tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, and participate in effective programs for children and adolescents. Afterschool programs and positive youth development are among the topics addressed.
- Building Partnerships for Youth. A framework that describes the 21 essential elements of child and adolescent development,
strategies for promoting positive child and adolescent development, a database of evaluated
child and adolescent development programs, a program-assessment
tool, and training tools, fact sheets, and other resources. Building Partnerships
for Youth is a partnership between the National 4-H Council and the University
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Adolescent and School Health. Data, science-based strategies, policy guidance, and information about national, state, and local programs to promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults. Resources address school health education and services, health risk behaviors, academic performance, and school connectedness.
- Child Trends: Education. Resources that focus on how children and adolescents can flourish in school, along with the qualities of the individual, the school, and the family that support that flourishing. Topics include individual competencies, character, learning behaviors, and school performance, as well as teacher qualifications, school context and practices, and family strengths that are related to positive educational outcomes. Child Trends presents research and data using a holistic, ecological, and developmental framework to monitor the well-being of children to inform decision-making that affects families. Resources include
Child Trends: LINKS (Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully) Database. Summaries of evaluations of out-of-school-time programs that work (or don't work) to enhance children's development. To identify programs, select School-based under Program setting and Select All "Social/Emotional Health". Click on Submit Keywords to get your results.
for Academic, Social and Emotional
Learning (CASEL). Information about and materials
to support evidence-based social,
emotional, and academic learning
as an essential part of education,
from preschool through high school.
Presents research demonstrating
the positive impact of social
and emotional practices on students'
academic achievement, on reducing
high-risk behaviors, and on promoting
positive adolescent development.
Resources include issue briefs, reports,
program guides, PowerPoint presentations, and
tools for working with families.
- Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Database. Information about journal articles, research reports, teaching guides, curricula,
conference papers, and books covering all aspects of education-related
issues. To identify resources on the topic, click on Advanced Search.
In the field, Search for, select Descriptors (from Thesaurus) and type "Social Development" OR "Emotional Development". Enter a publication date range. Click on Search to get your results. To narrow
your search further or for additional searches, use the ERIC Thesaurus to identify terms. ERIC is sponsored by
the Department of Education (ED).
- FindYouthInfo.gov. Program and funding information
and resources to help youth-serving organizations
and community partnerships plan, implement, and
participate in effective programs for children and adolescents. Topics include positive child and adolescent development, bullying, after-school programs, and transition-age adolescents. FindYouthInfo.gov
was created by the Interagency Working Group on
Youth Programs, which is composed of representatives
from 12 federal agencies that support programs
and services focusing on children and adolescents. See the FindYouthInfo.gov
directory of evidence-based programs.
for Youth Investment.
Issue briefs, webinars, articles, and news about
efforts to improve education, out-of-school
time, adolescent development, and policy and planning
to ensure that adolescents have the supports, opportunities,
and services needed to prosper
and contribute where they live,
learn, work, and play. The forum is a nonprofit,
nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping communities
the nation make sure all adolescents are ready for
college, work, and life. Initiatives
by 21: All Youth Ready for College,
Work, and Life. A framework for child- and
adolescent-focused planning and decision-making
and tools to help change makers—from parents to program directors
to policymakers—optimize resources
and streamline strategies to improve
outcomes for infants, children,
- Gateway to 21st Century Skills. Information about and links to educational resources from federal,
state, university, non-profit, and commercial websites. To identify
resources on the topic, enter "social development" OR "emotional development" in the Search for field. Click on Full Text and select Keywords. Click on Find
Resources. The Gateway is sponsored by the National Education Association.
- Harvard Family Research Project. Research information and publications to promote the well-being of children, adolescents, families, and their communities by supporting children's learning and development. Research areas include complementary learning, family involvement, and out-of-school time.
- National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention. Program
information, webinars, research briefs, evidence-based intervention fact sheets,
and other resources. The center provides technical assistance and training
to school districts and communities as they plan, implement, and sustain federally funded
initiatives to foster resilience, promote
mental health, and prevent adolescent violence and
mental health and behavioral challenges.
- National School Climate Center. Guidelines, research summaries, and video clips about creating and sustaining a safe, supportive school environment that nurtures social, emotional, ethical, and academic skills.
- SchoolMentalHealth.org: Resources for Educators. Resources and tools to enhance mental health promotion, prevention, treatment,
and referral in schools and improve school environments. SchoolMentalHealth.org
is administered by the University of Maryland's Center for School Mental Health (CSMH).
Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral
and Supports (PBIS). Planning, implementation,
and evaluation tools for identifying,
adapting, and sustaining effective
school-wide disciplinary practices; video clips, training tools, and presentation materials; and a review of the evidence base for PBIS. Includes contact information
for state PBIS coordinators. Resources
are available in Spanish. The center
was established by the Department
of Education (ED).
Related MCH Library Resources
Social and Emotional Development: School Resource Brief. (June 2011). (Updated: January 2013).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library.
Reviewer: Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Library.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library.