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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Policy

To promote strong, lifelong well-being, babies and families need access to a continuum of foundational infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) supports and services, including promotion, prevention, assessment, diagnosis and treatment options.

ZERO TO THREE works directly with policy leaders across the country to advance policies that improve access to developmentally appropriate mental health promotion, prevention, and treatment services.  Our resources highlight innovative approaches to policies that ensure our youngest children and their families have the support they need.

See how we’re working to support states’ advancement of IECMH policies.

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What we do

The IECMH Policy Team at ZERO TO THREE provides in-depth technical assistance to policy leaders, advances federal perinatal and IECMH policy, and develops resources highlighting innovative policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and families.

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Highlights from IECMH Policy Partnerships

IECMH Technical Assistance Center in partnership with Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development funded by SAMHSA

ZERO TO THREE partners with Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development on The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Technical Assistance Center, which works to build strong foundations for all children’s health, learning, behavior, and relationships during their most critical period of development. The Center’s mission is to support SAMHSA-funded grantees in their work to address the mental health needs of young children and families, build the infant and early childhood mental health workforce, and improve systems and policies that promote the wellbeing of young children, families, and caregivers.

TA Center Library of Resources

ECTA Center: Briefing Paper: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Early Intervention (Part C)

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