How Has COVID-19 Impacted the Social-Emotional Development of Children?

Data Byte: social-emotional development of preschool children with IEPs in California: 76%-67%: almost 10% decrease in those meeting age expectations.Across the country we are seeing impacts on the social-emotional development of young children due to COVID. National experts explain that these impacts are the result of exacerbated adverse childhood experiences, limited opportunities for social interaction, and reduced enrollment in Pre-K and early intervention services.

In California we have seen an almost 10% decline in the percent of preschool age children with IEPs exiting preschool special education services functioning within age expectations in positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships) from 77% in 2019 to 68% in 2022.

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