Infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) refers to the full continuum of services and supports that promote healthy child development, prevent mental health problems, and identify and treat mental health disorders. IECMH is often misunderstood to be relegated to the realm of mental health professionals, however, anyone who touches the life of a child has the potential to promote healthy social–emotional development and well-being.
The articles in this issue of the ZERO TO THREE Journal describe the kinds of services and experiences that support IECMH in a variety of programs and settings across different populations. Undoubtably, the stressors of the current pandemic, with the associated health and economic devastation, bring a heightened sense of urgency to IECMH awareness, advocacy, and funding. The ZERO TO THREE website offers a wide range of resources to help in these efforts: https://www.zerotothree.org/iecmh.
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