As a psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with children and their families, I have seen how crucial it is to recognize and treat social-emotional problems early.  But often parents have questions and concerns about their children and don't know who to ask.  The current state of healthcare means that pediatricians have less time to address the social-emotional well-being of their patients. And parents will not usually seek out a mental health professional for an issue that does not seem critical.  However, we know now, especially with current findings in neuroscience, that social-emotional health has to be nurtured as much as physical health from birth onward, in order for individuals to be successful, productive members of society.  But how do we do this?  Many healthcare facilities are moving toward integrated healthcare; that is, integrating behavioral health with primary care.  This has also been successful in pediatrics.  Programs that integrate early childhood specialists within the pediatric practice have been successful in helping parents find answers to those important questions about their child's development, especially between the ages of birth to three.  Moreover, such programs are critical in identifying family risk factors, such as perinatal mood disorders, and linking families to services that can help.  One such program, Healthy Steps, is an evidence-based model that has been implemented in sites around the country and has excellent outcomes.   I am currently consulting with a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Brookdale University Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and assisting in their development of a Healthy Steps program to be located in an outpatient pediatric clinic.