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Infants and Preschoolers
Resources relating to the mental health of infants and preschoolers, including State and local examples.
A Disorganized Toddler in Foster Care: Healing and Change from an Attachment Theory Perspective (PDF - 250 KB)
Zero to Three (2006)
Explains and illustrates the principles of attachment theory through one family's experiences with a child with attachment difficulties.
The Effects of Foster Care Placement on Young Children's Mental Health (PDF - 19 KB)
Troutman, Ryan, & Cardi
Protecting Children, 16(1), 2000
Discusses the impact of disruptions in attachments with primary caretakers on young children in out-of-home care.
Guiding Principles in Providing Integrated Behavioral Health Services for Young Children and Their Families: The Starting Early Starting Smart Experience
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (2003)
Provides a summary of the principles and core behavioral health service components of the SESS philosophy, including diversity factors to consider when implementing integrated behavioral health services.
Handbook of Infant Mental Health
Tulane University School of Medicine 2000
Reviews infant mental health issues from the perspectives of psychiatrists, physicians, social workers, and researchers. Chapters address child development, risk and protective factors, assessment techniques, psychopathology, intervention, and the implications of infant mental health for policy and practice.
Handbook of Preschool Mental Health: Development, Disorders, and Treatment
Reviews mental health and early-onset disorders in children ages 2 through 6. The handbook provides a comprehensive framework to help practitioners identify the intervention needs of preschoolers and their families.
Improving Maternal and Infant Mental Health: Focus on Maternal Depression (PDF - 237 KB)
National Center for Infant and Early Childhood Health Policy (2005)
Discusses the impact of maternal depression on the social and emotional health of young children.
Infant Mental Health: A Review of Relevant Literature
Wayne State University Merrill-Palmer Training Program in Infant Mental Health
Psychoanalytic Social Work, 8, 2001
Explores diverse theories that provide the rationale for infant mental health, a relatively new service designed to reduce social and emotional disturbances in infancy and early development.
Integrating Advances in Infant Research With Child Welfare Policy and Practice
Protecting Children, 16, 2000
Provides information on early childhood development, risk and mediating factors for brain development and health, and the need for immediate services.
Intervention with Young Children
The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (2006)
A source of information for teachers and home visitors working with young children who are experiencing mental health challenges, challenging behavior, and other delays in their social and emotional development. Includes training modules and manuals designed for staff development and in-service events.
Making It Happen: Overcoming Barriers to Providing Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health (PDF - 543 KB)
ZERO TO THREE (2012)
Examines issues and obstacles faced by mental health workers and proposes recommendations for policy improvements at the Federal level.
Social Emotional Development
Zero to Three
Supports the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families. Includes resources for parents and professionals on healthy child development and school readiness skills.
State and local examples
Improving the Delivery of Health Care That Supports Young Children's Healthy Mental Development: Update on Accomplishments and Lessons From a Five-State Consortium
Kaye & Rosenthal (2008)
Shows how California, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Utah were able to improve screening and follow-up services for young children at risk for or with social or emotional developmental delays by upgrading insurance coverage, reforming reimbursement policies, and boosting health system performance.
Mental Health Trends in 2003: Miami's Infant and Young Children's Mental Health Program: A Place Where the Healing Begins (PDF - 196 KB)
National Center for State Courts (2003)
Describes three programs implemented by the Miami-Dade Juvenile Court to respond to the needs of very young children and interrupt the generational cycle of child maltreatment.