NC Early Childhood Action Plan: Achieving Goals with Innovative, Evidence-based Policy Solutions (2019-2020)

Launched in February 2019, the North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan aims to ensure that by 2025, all young children in the state are healthy, safe and ready to succeed in school. One of the plan’s ten goals is to have a reliable measure of social-emotional health. For example, how well can young children regulate their emotions, follow directions and express wishes?

This project team set out to understand how health systems across the country screen for social-emotional health and to determine best practices for measurement at the population level. Community team members included the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Durham County Department of Social Services and the Partnership for Children.

The team interviewed 37 experts from 19 states and eight national organizations about efforts to monitor and collect data, the most promising policy levers, and the most vexing barriers to implementation. Drawing on their research and interview findings, team members recommended an equity-based approach that incorporates regular caregiver/child screening, data sharing and improved strategies for patient follow-up. Next steps include developing an implementation framework for social-emotional health measurement at the population level.

Timing

Fall 2019 – Summer 2020

Team Outputs

Social-Emotional Health in Early Childhood (Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase 2020)

Measuring and Addressing Social-Emotional Well-Being in Early Childhood (poster by Nathaniel Neptune, Rasheca Logendran, Ellie Winslow, Emma Garman, Ainsley Buck, Sophie Hurewitz, Reed Kenny, Rushina Cholera, Michelle Franklin, Beth Gifford, KK Lam, Gillian Schmidler; runner up, Bass Connections 2020 poster competition; winner, EHDx 2020 poster competition)

Measuring and Addressing Social-Emotional Well-Being in Early Childhood (presentation by Ainsley Buck, Emma Garman, Sophie Hurewitz, Reed Kenny, Rasheca Logendran, Ellie Winslow, Nathaniel Neptune, Duke-Margolis Seminar in Health Policy & Management, Duke University, April 17, 2020)

This Team in the News

Bass Connections Teams Share Research Highlights in a Virtual Showcase

Doctoral Students Honored for Commitment to Outstanding Mentorship

See related team, North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan: Evidence-based Policy Solutions (2020-2021).

Team photo.

Team Leaders

  • Rushina Cholera, School of Medicine-Pediatrics: Primary Care Pediatrics
  • Elizabeth Gifford, Sanford School of Public Policy-Center for Child and Family Policy
  • Wendy Lam, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Gillian Sanders Schmidler, School of Medicine-Population Health Sciences|Margolis Center for Health Policy

/graduate Team Members

  • Michelle Franklin, Nursing-PHD
  • Nathaniel Neptune, Business Administration-MBA, Medicine MD Third Year

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Ainsley Buck, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Emma Garman, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Sophie Hurewitz, Neuroscience (AB)
  • Reed Kenny, Public Policy Studies (AB), Global Health (AB2)
  • Rasheca Logendran, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Erin Winslow, Public Policy Studies (AB)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Deborah Best, School of Medicine-Pediatrics
  • Anna Gassman-Pines, Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Kathryn Lallinger, Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Corinna Sorenson, School of Medicine-Population Health Sciences|Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Charlene Wong, School of Medicine-Pediatrics: Primary Care Pediatrics
  • Charles Wood, School of Medicine-Pediatrics: Primary Care Pediatrics

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Laura Benson, Partnership for Children
  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ben Rose, Durham County Department of Social Services