Developing Care Interventions


Social and emotional development is a big part of a child’s overall development and the health of a family. Substantial literature highlights the importance of fostering socioemotional development in young children and the opportunity to do so within the context of pediatric well visit care. The evidence is overwhelming that early childhood (ages 0 to 3) is a critical period for shaping future outcomes for health and wellbeing in numerous ways. However, how to best leverage pediatric practices to reinforce positive socio-emotional behaviors in parents and primary caregivers remained an unanswered question.


We were approached by the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust to identify promising levers for change and potential measures to track improvement in early childhood social and emotional development. We conducted an extensive literature review and then convened and facilitated an innovative expert meeting, which included 39 content experts and 28 lived experience experts. The experts met for two days to identify opportunities within pediatric primary care to promote optimal socioemotional development.


  • Established an overview of principles, recommendations and interventions designed to address early childhood socioemotional development within the pediatric primary care setting, including 11 high-level recommendations of next steps in order to develop a comprehensive theory of change around how to target interventions within the setting at scale to advance this work in the future.
  • Sharing of the findings raised the profile and importance of promoting optimal child socioemotional development.
Promoting Young Children's Socioemotional Development In Primary Care 2016 Report

Identifying Levers for Change

NICHQ, along with Ariadne Labs and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, cohosted a webinar May 5, 2016 to share recommendations developed for using pediatric primary care practices to reinforce positive socioemotional behaviors in primary caregivers of young children. Full Webinar Recording (The webinar begins at 00:07:50.)