Since you are looking at this site with an older browser, you will not be able to see any graphics or formatting. For better results, please upgrade your browser.

Developing Quality Indicators for Social-emotional Development in Young Children

March 3, 2010

< Back to full events listing

Research has repeatedly suggested that experiences and skills acquired early in life have a long lasting effect.  It is also clear that interventions promoting mental health and preventing mental health problems in children and their caregivers are clinically and cost effective.  Combined, these facts makes a strong case for the creation of a child development monitoring system that allows decision makers and researchers to have information necessary for understanding local and state needs, using and tracking the provision and the quality of the intervention strategies that benefit families and children. Project Thrive, in supporting the work of the Early Childhood Comprehensive System grantees, developed a recommended list of indicators across the domains of child development in 2008.  This year, we have narrowed-in on indicators for social-emotional development. This webinar will:

  • Explain why the development of social-emotional indicators are important
  • Identify common barriers to social-emotional indicator development and implementation
  • Discuss possible solutions to common barriers in social-emotional indicator development
  • Describe the framework for getting started with  indicator development
  • Foster understanding of the components necessary to develop high quality indicators


Leslie L. Davidson, M.D., is a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Director of Center for Child and Family Life Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Davidson is senior health advisor to Project Thrive at NCCP.

Elizabeth A. Isakson, M.D., is a candidate for an M.P.H. in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Isakson trained at Children’s Hospital of New  York where she was Chief Resident. Prior to continuing her studies, Dr. Isakson practiced at a federally-funded community health center in New York City.

Dr. Isakson and Dr. Davidson are pleased to be joined by Jackie Counts, Kansas ECCS Coordinator, who will share some of the achievements and challenges that Kansas has faced in doing this difficult work.

You may watch and listen to the entire call at the WebEx website. The call is 84 minutes.