Social-emotional development is a child's ability to understand the feelings of others, control their own feelings and behaviors, and get along with peers. Young children are learning about their world and how it works as well as learning how to identify and express their emotions. In addition, young children are learning how to make friends, play with others, solve problems, take turns and follow rules. Children need responsive, loving, caring and nurturing adults who model the appropriate emotions and social interactions for healthy development. All of these examples are key elements in encouraging and supporting a young child’s overall social-emotional development.