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Little Kids, Big Questions
is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Most Popular Resources on Early Childhood Mental Health

Diagnosing Infants Affected by Disasters or Violence
Guidance for using DC:0-3R with young children and their families who have experienced disaster or community violence.
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Helping Young Children Cope After a Disaster
Guidance for supporting very young children in the aftermath of disaster.
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The Importance of Good Relationships? 
Research tells us that early relationships play a critical role in supporting mental health in infants and young children.
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Mental Illness in the Peripartum Period 
This article provides an overview of mental illness that can present in the peripartum period, with the aim of improving their early detection, diagnosis, and treatment by health professionals.
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Helping Young Children Succeed
Describes how state policymakers can support the healthy social-emotional development of young children from birth to age 5. (Joint research and policy report developed by the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center and the National Conference of State Legislatures.)
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Improving Maternal and Infant Mental Health
Explores the impact of maternal depression on very young children.  (Joint policy brief of ZERO TO THREE and the National Center for Infant and Early Childhood Health Policy at UCLA.)
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Promoting Healthy Social-Emotional Development
Offers guidance to state policymakers and administrators on promoting the healthy social and emotional development of infants and toddlers. 
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Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health: A Concern for All
Presentation made by Cindy Oser, R.N., M.S., Director ZERO TO THREE West for the Health Resources and Services Administration/Maternal and Child Health Bureau Grantees meeting on Oct. 5, 2004.
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Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood, Revised (DC:0-3R) - DC:0-3R is designed to help mental health and other professionals, recognize mental health and developmental challenges in young children, understand how relationships and environmental factors contribute to mental health and developmental disorders, use diagnostic criteria effectively for classification and intervention, and work more effectively with parents and other professionals to develop effective treatment plans. More Details


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