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Infants and Toddlers


Social-Emotional Development

Loving relationships provide young children with a sense of comfort, safety and confidence. They teach young children how to form friendships, communicate emotions and deal with challenges.

Through early relationships and with nurturing, responsive interactions, infants and toddlers learn ways of being in relationships, how to get their needs and wants met, and how to identify and regulate emotions. Because these skills develop together, this area of development is referred to as social-emotional development.


Talking with your baby helps grow your baby’s brain. Learn how early exposure to language can help a child build vocabulary, communicate better with adults, be ready for kindergarten and develop an essential life skill: the ability to read by the end of third grade.
CSEFEL Infant Toddler
Additional Resources for Infant and Toddler Development
Social-Emotional development activities for Toddlers
Helping toddlers cope with big emotions
DIY Activity for social-emotional growth
Jumpstart Activities for Infants
Resource Books
10 Components of Infant and Toddler Care
Highscope resources for infant and toddler