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Common Message Paper for Early Years Practitioners

Submitted by Janet Moorhead-Cassidy, Director, Health Promotion Department, Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit


Happy ChildrenHalton Region’s Early Years Mental Health Committee has produced a common message paper that focuses on the healthy social-emotional development of young children; Social-Emotional Development in the Early Years: A Common Message Paper.

It is a collection of existing, evidence-informed information, authored by a number of key organizations that support best practice related to the healthy social and emotional development of young children. The factors contributing to healthy social and emotional development of young children were identified by Evidence In-Sight, a free consultation service offered by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, providing the foundation for the development of a list of related common messages.

This resource provides:

  • A list of evidence informed common messages related to healthy social and emotional development of young children
  • Support and information related to each common message
  • Resources and links supporting further learning

Who is this resource for?

This resource is for practitioners working with families during the prenatal period and/or with children from birth to six years.

This information is current at the time of printing as of May 2014. For the most current information please refer to the website: Our Kids Network.

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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