Addressing Children’s Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health in Erie and Niagara County


Many children in western and central New York experience developmental, behavioral, and mental health issues that go undiagnosed and untreated in their early years, leading to problems later on in school, work and life.

With the need to improve the social and emotional health of children before they enter school becoming increasingly clear, we wanted to identify potential interventions targeting Erie and Niagara counties.

Research in this 2007 report includes a review of national best practices; a statistical profile of the Buffalo and Niagara Falls areas; interviews with 43 individuals; an environmental scan to identify community resources; a gaps analysis to highlight areas in need of improvement; and recommendations for the Foundation to consider.

We used the information in this report, along with input from stakeholders, to guide us as we developed efforts to address the social, emotional and behavioral needs of young children in Erie and Niagara counties.

Focus Area: Young Children Impacted by Poverty

Category: Evaluation, Infographic, Report, Toolkit

Date Published: May 1, 2007