Yes....mostly. Social competence in kindergarten is associated with graduating high school, attending college, and future employment (Jones et al., 2015). This could be because children with social skills have developed readiness-to-learn skills. They know how to interact in a group, behave appropriately, and therefore are successful in an academic environment. Early emphasis on social skills is what will really help children achieve long-term success. Click To Tweet While I've read the research and seen a bit of it in real-life, I still have mixed feelings that so much of a child's future can be determined before they know 2x3=6. Research can reveal a trend or typical behavior in a population but their are always outliers. The exceptions to the rule, the unpredictable and random results. Social competence sets up a kindergartener for long-term success but people make their own choices. Social skills don't guarantee success but not having them doesn't mean immediate and certain failure. We make our own choices and can choose who we want to and want we will do. The power of social skills is almost unsettling but knowledge is power. Knowing how important social skills are is why it is so critical to help children develop social competence.