Leadership and Systems Change in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

The ZERO TO THREE Journal | Vol 40 No 5

This ZERO TO THREE Journal issue was a culminating project for the 2018–2020 ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Class. Its members—15 total—represent individuals from different states/countries, from diverse academic disciplines, and who work in a variety of settings ranging from community-based programs to international aid institutions. Together, the class sought an opportunity to share their Fellowship experience and the role of infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) leaders across different sectors. To that end, this journal and each article touch on the role of leadership in effecting change in the early childhood field with specific attention to IECMH systems. The articles also address common themes of diversity, equity, and social justice in the service of children and families as well as the imperative to promote these values across systems.

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Table of Contents

Pg 2—This Issue and Why It Matters

Pg 5—The Role of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Leaders Across Disciplines and Settings: The 2018–2020 ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Class

Pg 12—Cultivating Adaptive Leaders to Drive System and Policy Change

Pg 21—Innovative Leadership in Community-Based Programs for Young Children and Families

Pg 28—Advancing Equity in the Early Childhood Workforce

Pg 36—Investing in Early Childhood Systems Across the Globe

Pg 42—Elevating the Voice of Underrepresented Young Children and Their Families: Reflecting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Within Academic Research

Pg 50—Infusing Infant and Maternal Mental Health Into Health Care Settings: Practice Makes Perfect?

Pg 57—Building Equitable and Effective Partnerships With Rural and Indigenous Communities

Pg 66—Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Considerations for Early Childhood Partners and Funders

Pg 73—Advancing Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Policy in States: Stories From the Field, Part Two

Pg 82—In Memoriam: Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok


Released bi-monthly, each issue of the ZERO TO THREE Journal focuses on a critical topic within the early childhood development field. Journal articles are carefully composed to present current knowledge, latest research, and practical advice to help early childhood professionals do their best work in support of infants and toddlers.

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