The report, “From Risk to Resilience: Building the Social and Emotional Health of Oregon’s Most Vulnerable Young Children,” highlights why and how the social, emotional and behavioral health of young children provides the foundation for success in school and beyond.
Children who are engaged, able to focus, cooperate with peers, accept supervision from adults and regulate their emotions are much more likely to do well in school than those who are not. Children who are routinely distracted or disengaged, constantly fighting with their classmates and teachers, or too often swept away by their emotions will struggle, and many will fail.
The report highlights the good work being done in Oregon to promote positive social and emotional health of at-risk children. Regrettably, far too few of the young children whose social, emotional and behavioral health is at risk have access to these and other prevention strategies that can change the trajectory of their lives.