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FAQ: Infant Mental Health and Early Care and Education Providers


Source: The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
This synthesis has been developed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that early childhood providers have about Infant Mental Health (IMH) – early social and emotional development – and the IMH system. It also provides information about where to turn for additional information for promoting IMH when
children and families are experiencing challenges.
Click here to download a pdf of this Research Synthesis.




GUIDE: Pathways to Prevention: A comprehensive guide for supporting infant and toddler mental health


Source: Early Head Start
This publication will provide guidance to program leaders and staff members for planning, carrying out, and assessing their infant-toddler mental health services. Click here to download a pdf of this guide.




GUIDE: Planning and Implementing Cultural Competence


Source: National Center for Cultural Competence
Health and human service organizations are recognizing the need to enhance services for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Assessing attitudes, practices, policies and structures of administrators and service providers is a necessary, effective and systematic way to plan for and incorporate cultural competence within an organization. Determining the needs, preferences and satisfaction of family members/consumers is an essential aspect of this process. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), through its Title V–Children With Special Health Care Needs programs (CSHCN), supports self-assessment as a tool that assists with the development of State Block Grant applications. The MCHB also emphasizes self-assessment as a key strategy to address Goal III, Objective 3.9—To increase the percentage of states that implement culturally competent policies, practices and procedures to 100%.
Click here to download this Tool.
Click here to download a Guide for implementing this Tool.




Infant Mental Health Journal


Infant Mental Health Journal
The Infant Mental Health Journal publishes peer review research articles, program description/evaluations, clinical studies, and book reviews that focus on infant social emotional development, caregiver-infant interactions, contextual and cultural influences on infant and family development.




POLICY: Addressing Socio-Emotional Development and Infant Mental Health in Early Childhood Systems: Executive Summary


Source: UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities
This executive summary draws on existing research findings and makes policy recommendations for how to structure and implement mental health care systems that work with infants and families.
Click here to download a pdf of this executive summary.




PRESENTATION: Supporting Families in Recovery through Infant Mental Health Interventions


Source: University of California, Berkeley – National Abandoned Infants Assistance
Resource Center

This session discusses adapting infant mental health treatment approaches to working with families and children affected by substance abuse to promote a stronger relationship between parent and child, and to strengthen and support the parent’s recovery. Facilitating the integration of the child’s developmental needs into service delivery and collaboration with substance abuse treatment staff are also be highlighted.
Click here to listen to this presentation.
Click here to download the handout for this presentation.




PRESENTATION: The ABCs of Infant Mental Health


Source: University of California, Berkeley – National Abandoned Infants Assistance
Resource Center

This session provides an overview of infant mental health and clinical practice. The process for assessing and diagnosing very young children is discussed, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using mental health diagnoses. A brief overview is also presented of the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood- Revised Edition system, which is designed to identify, conceptualize, and diagnose emotional and behavioral difficulties experienced by very young children and their families.

Click here to listen to this presentation.
Click here to download the slides for this presentation.




REPORT: Improving the Delivery of Health Care that Supports Young Children’s Healthy Mental Development.


Source: The National Academy for State Health Policy and The Commonwealth Fund
A report on the ABCD II Consortium, formed in January 2004, to provide five states with an opportunity to develop and test strategies for improving the care of young children at risk for or with social or emotional development delays, especially those in need of preventive or early intervention services.

Click here to download this report.




REPORT: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation; An Evaluation Tool Kit


Source: Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s
Mental Health and Johns Hopkins University Women’s and Children’s Health Policy
Center and Portland State University Research and Training Center on Family
Support and Children’s Mental Health

The purpose of this tool kit is to increase the capacity for high-quality evaluation of early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) in community based settings. For states, communities, programs, and grant funded projects that are developing or have developed early childhood mental health consultation programs and want to assess their impact, this tool kit provides guidance, tools, and resources that will assist in designing and implementing program evaluations.
Click here to download a pdf of this Tool Kit.





Parent Resources

ATTACHMENT: Compilation for Parents of Traumatized Children


Source: Attach-China International
This compilation describes research into attachment.

Click here to link to this information.




DEPRESSION: Depression During and After Pregnancy; A Resource for Women, Their Families, and Friends


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Did things change after you became pregnant? Are things different than you expected as a new mother? Are you tired, anxious, sad, and confused? This booklet will begin to explain the possible causes for your feelings—and more importantly— how to find the help you need.

Click here to download a pdf of this resource.




FATHERS: Building Blocks for Father Involvement


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Father involvement has a unique impact on children’s outcomes, including cognitive development, achievement, math and reading scores, as well as behavior. This series is useful as it provides insight into why fathers are important in their children’s lives.

Building Block 1: Appreciating How Fathers Give Children a Head Start
Building Block 2: First Thoughts on Getting Fathers Involved in Head Start
Building Block 3: Building a Foundation to Work with Fathers
Building Block 4: Planning for Success
Building Block 5: Bringing a Fatherhood Plan to Life




SCHOOL READINESS: Resources to Promote Social and Emotional Health and School Readiness in Young Children and Families


Source: National Center for Children in Poverty
This report describes targeted interventions that can help parents and other early care providers be more effective in promoting healthy relationships and reducing challenging behavior in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Click here to download a pdf of this summary.





Early Intervention

BRIEF: The Impact of Early Adversity on Children’s Development


Source: Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University
A series of brief summaries of the scientific presentations at the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy.

Click here to download a pdf of this brief.




BRIEF: Children’s Mental Health: What Every Policymaker Should Know


Source: National Center for Children in Poverty
The mental health service delivery system in its current state does not sufficiently meet the needs of children and youth, and most who are in need of mental health services are not able to access them. This brief details how the mental health system can become better equipped to help children and youth with mental health problems, or those who are at risk, to thrive and live successfully.

Click here to download a pdf of this brief.




PAPER: Infant Mental Health Approaches and IDEA Part C


Source: IDEA Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association
The purpose of this position paper is to define and support the appropriate application of infant mental health approaches through early intervention supports and services under IDEA Part C, IMH & IDEA Part C Paper Page 2 July 2005 with families of infants and toddlers who have or who are at-risk for developmental delays and disabilities. The integration of these approaches into early intervention will help teams support parents in providing consistent, sensitive, and responsive parenting in order to promote their children’s development.

Click here to download a pdf of this position paper.




POLICY: Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood; What Every Policymaker Should Know


Source: National Center for Children in Poverty
The early years of life present a unique opportunity to lay the foundation for healthy development. It is a time of great growth and of vulnerability. Research on early childhood has underscored the impact of the first five years of a child’s life on his/her socialemotional development. Negative early experiences can impair children’s mental health and effect their cognitive, behavioral, social-emotional development.

Click here to download a pdf of this brief.




STUDY: Promoting Social-emotional Wellbeing in Early Intervention Services


Source: National Center for Children in Poverty
The aim of the study reported in this brief was to determine how states leveraged different policy choices to support integration of social-emotional developmental strategies into early intervention services. Forty-eight states’ Part C coordinators participated in the study. They reported on their states’ efforts to support screening, referral and evaluation; strategies that are part of the array of early intervention service continuum covered by the Part C program; services and supports to children who are at risk and who are not eligible for Part C; and coordination and leadership.

Click here to download a pdf of this report.




STUDY: Can Child Care Impact Risk for Depression


Source: UNC FPG Child Development Institute
Because we know from existing research that experiences in child care can have long-term affects for children socially, fpg researchers wondered if such experiences could temper the mental health impact of lower quality home environments.

Click here to download a pdf of this Research Summary.




TRIAL: Program Effects of the Mental Health/Coping Outcomes of Critically Ill Young Children and Their Mothers


Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a preventative educational-behavioral intervention program, the Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment (COPE) program, initiated early in the intensive care unit hospitalization on the mental health/psychosocial outcomes of critically ill young children and their mothers.

Click here to download a pdf of this article.




WORKING PAPER: Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children


Source: Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University
When children grow up in an environment of mental illness, the development of their brains may be seriously weakened, with implications for their ability to learn as well as for their own later physical and mental health. When interventions are not available to ensure mothers’ well-being and children’s healthy development, the missed opportunities can be substantial.

Click here to download a pdf of this working paper.





Evidence Based Practice

COMPETENCY SYSTEMS: The Competent Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist


Source: Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy at Erison Institute
This brief summarizes findings from a comparison of Early Childhood Mental Health competency systems across six states.

Click here to download a pdf of this research brief.




RESEARCH: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation


Source: The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
This synthesis has been developed to describe early childhood mental health consultation(ECMHC) and the existing evidence base for its effectiveness in fostering healthy social and emotional development in young children, birth
through age 6.

Click here to download a pdf of this Research Synthesis.




STUDY: What Works? A Study of Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Programs


Source: Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
In recent years, there has been growing concern among many in the early care and education (ECE) community that increasing numbers of very young children are manifesting behavior problems. To attend to this need, the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD)embarked on this study to address critical knowledge gaps in the field and provide data-driven guidance around consultation program design.

Click here to download a pdf of this study.





Other Resources

BRIEF: The Impact of Early Adversity on Children’s Development


Source: Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University
A series of brief summaries of the scientific presentations at the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy.

Click here to download a pdf of this brief.




BRIEF: Children’s Mental Health: What Every Policymaker Should Know


Source: National Center for Children in Poverty
The mental health service delivery system in its current state does not sufficiently meet the needs of children and youth, and most who are in need of mental health services are not able to access them. This brief details how the mental health system can become better equipped to help children and youth with mental health problems, or those who are at risk, to thrive and live successfully.

Click here to download a pdf of this brief.




PAPER: Infant Mental Health Approaches and IDEA Part C


Source: IDEA Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association
The purpose of this position paper is to define and support the appropriate application of infant mental health approaches through early intervention supports and services under IDEA Part C, IMH & IDEA Part C Paper Page 2 July 2005 with families of infants and toddlers who have or who are at-risk for developmental delays and disabilities. The integration of these approaches into early intervention will help teams support parents in providing consistent, sensitive, and responsive parenting in order to promote their children’s development.

Click here to download a pdf of this position paper.




POLICY: Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood; What Every Policymaker Should Know


Source: National Center for Children in Poverty
The early years of life present a unique opportunity to lay the foundation for healthy development. It is a time of great growth and of vulnerability. Research on early childhood has underscored the impact of the first five years of a child’s life on his/her socialemotional development. Negative early experiences can impair children’s mental health and effect their cognitive, behavioral, social-emotional development.

Click here to download a pdf of this brief.




STUDY: Promoting Social-emotional Wellbeing in Early Intervention Services


Source: National Center for Children in Poverty
The aim of the study reported in this brief was to determine how states leveraged different policy choices to support integration of social-emotional developmental strategies into early intervention services. Forty-eight states’ Part C coordinators participated in the study. They reported on their states’ efforts to support screening, referral and evaluation; strategies that are part of the array of early intervention service continuum covered by the Part C program; services and supports to children who are at risk and who are not eligible for Part C; and coordination and leadership.

Click here to download a pdf of this report.




STUDY: Can Child Care Impact Risk for Depression


Source: UNC FPG Child Development Institute
Because we know from existing research that experiences in child care can have long-term affects for children socially, fpg researchers wondered if such experiences could temper the mental health impact of lower quality home environments.

Click here to download a pdf of this Research Summary.




TRIAL: Program Effects of the Mental Health/Coping Outcomes of Critically Ill Young Children and Their Mothers


Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a preventative educational-behavioral intervention program, the Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment (COPE) program, initiated early in the intensive care unit hospitalization on the mental health/psychosocial outcomes of critically ill young children and their mothers.

Click here to download a pdf of this article.




WORKING PAPER: Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children


Source: Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University
When children grow up in an environment of mental illness, the development of their brains may be seriously weakened, with implications for their ability to learn as well as for their own later physical and mental health. When interventions are not available to ensure mothers’ well-being and children’s healthy development, the missed opportunities can be substantial.

Click here to download a pdf of this working paper.





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The Idaho Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health supports a system of care which helps families ensure the social and emotional well being of their infants and young children.

PO Box 1243, Boise, ID 83701

(909) 375-8230

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