Relationship Between Kindergarten Social Competence and Future Success

In 2015, a 19-year research study was published in the American Journal of Public Health. The researchers tracked kindergarteners from low-socioeconomic communities to measure the impact of social-emotional skills on future success. 

The remarkable results showed a direct correlation between  higher social competence scores or emotional quotient (EQ) and future success. Higher EQ scores in kindergarten doubled the chances of obtaining a college degree and increased the likelihood of being employed full-time at age 25 by 46%. What's more, is that the higher the score, the greater these percentages increase.

The study also revealed the impact of low social competence in kindergarten. The lower the score, the greater the likelihood of having been arrested, engaging in dangerous behavior like binge drinking, and being in or on a waiting list for public housing. 

LoveSnax takes social skills and emotional vocabulary and translates the information into a simple enough form for kindergartners to understand and makes it fun enough that children will want to play with it. 


Damon E. Jones, Mark Greenberg, Max Crowley, “Early Social-Emotional Functioning and Public Health: The Relationship Between Kindergarten Social Competence and Future Wellness”, American Journal of Public Health105, no. 11 (November 1, 2015): pp. 2283-2290.