ZERO TO THREE’s three-part blog series exploring the mental health needs of very young children. This blog series was originally published in the Huffington Post.
Baby Matters: A Gateway to State Policies and Initiatives is a searchable database that contains information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families. To search Baby Matters for information on social and emotional health, click here.
This report by ZERO TO THREE and the Erikson Institute examines how different state working groups have articulated the knowledge and skills that providers of mental health services (or mental health infused services) should have, and how these competencies are being used. Six systems are highlighted—California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Vermont. This report reviews what is meant by infant, toddler, and early childhood mental health competencies; provides a brief overview of the six competency systems that are the focus of the review; shares results of the comparative analysis and summarizes areas of agreement and disagreement; and discusses the relevance of these competency systems to the current early childhood mental health movement. This report is an update of a 2008 review of early childhood mental health competency systems by Jon Korfmacher and Aimee Hilado.
This paper provides an in-depth look at some of the promising strategies states have used to address I-ECMH access, delivery, financing, evidence base, and systems-level issues across the promotion, prevention, and treatment continuum. State policymakers will find actionable models and policy strategies, as well as strategic questions to consider in planning for I-ECMH.
This article is intended to illuminate the scientific evidence for I-ECMH policies; examine issues faced by national, state, and local program directors and mental health practitioners in providing I-ECMH services; and propose a set of recommendations for policy improvements at the federal level.
Statement of Matthew Melmed, Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE
Submitted to the House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities
November 5, 2009
This article details the challenges families face before, during, and after deployment, as well as policy recommendations that support infants and toddlers in military families.
National Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems Summit
The second National Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems Summit was held on October 11-13, 2007 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was organized by the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health and ZERO TO THREE, with assistance from the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University. Sixteen states brought teams consisting of three to seven multi-disciplinary representatives in the public and private sectors and parents. The goal of the 2007 summit was for participants to learn new strategies to better support the social and emotional development of infants and young children within a comprehensive system.
Click here to see the agenda and notes and power points from the sessions at the summit.
Click here to read an overview of the summit and the recommendations that resulted.
Joint research and policy report developed by ZERO TO THREE and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Describes how state policymakers can support the healthy social-emotional development of young children from birth to age five. The brief defines early childhood social-emotional development; describes what can happen when children face emotional and behavioral problems; and outlines what actions can be taken at the state level to support healthy social-emotional development in babies and young children.
Joint policy brief of ZERO TO THREE and the National Center for Infant and Early Childhood Health Policy at UCLA
Building a Comprehensive System to Address Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Disorders
Reviews the research on early childhood mental health and provides policy recommendations for the renewal of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) authorizing legislation.
Report documents two-year collaborative initiative in Philadelphia to build a comprehensive, coordinated infant and early childhood mental health service system.
Ounce of Prevention Fund (2008)
Describes the importance of secure attachment in developing a strong social-emotional foundation and highlights the role that high-quality early childhood programs can play in supporting strong attachments in young children.