Early Experiences Matter

Get Connected
Please leave this field empty
why should I register?

FOLLOW US! faceook linktwitter linklinkedin link


Donate - Support Us

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.

Social and Emotional Health

ZERO TO THREE Applauds Addition of Infant and Early Childhood Provisions to Mental Health Reform Act
The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 now includes infant and early childhood mental health language recommended by ZERO TO THREE. View the press release to learn more about the bill and how the additional language will support infants, toddlers and their families.

Preventing Expulsion From Preschool and Child Care
Young children are being expelled from preschool and child care programs at an astonishing rate, often because of challenging behaviors such as aggression, tantrums, and noncompliance. This practice deprives young children of the benefit of early childhood education and may leave unaddressed the mental health issues that lead to challenging behaviors.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Promotion, Prevention, and Treatment
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.

The Early Experiences Matter Policy Guide includes an issue brief on social and emotional health. To access the complete toolkit, click here.

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.

Infant, Toddler, and Early Childhood Mental Health Competencies: A Comparison of Systems
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.

Nurturing Change: State Strategies for Improving Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
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.

Making It Happen: Overcoming Barriers to Providing Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health
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.

Hearing on Preventing Child Abuse and Improving Responses to Families in Crisis
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

Deployment and Coming Home: The Realities for Infants and Toddlers in Military Families
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.

Helping Young Children Succeed
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. 

Improving Maternal and Infant Mental Health: Focus on Maternal Depression
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.

Building System Capacity: Improving Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health In Philadelphia
Report documents two-year collaborative initiative in Philadelphia to build a comprehensive, coordinated infant and early childhood mental health service system. 

Secure Attachment
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. 



Early Intervention
Read More
Early Head Start
Read More
Child Care
Read More
Paid Family Leave
Read More

Explore our Parenting Resources

Home   |   Careers   |   Permissions   |   Contact Us   |   Tell a Friend   |     |   Privacy Policy

Copyright © 2014 ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20037 | Phone: (202) 638-1144 | Fax: (202) 638-0851

All rights reserved. For permission to reprint, go to www.zerotothree.org/reprints