Expanding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Supports and Services: A Planning Tool for States and Communities

Description:

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is also delighted to announce the release of a new planning tool, Expanding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Supports and Services: A Planning Tool for States and Communities.  This new resource provides a set of questions that can help to:

  • inform and organize cross-system, multi-sector planning efforts;
  • inventory existing resources, policies, and programs;
  • identify gaps and missing linkages; and
  • align policy with best practice.

This action-oriented tool guides you through data collection and analysis across six areas of consideration: 

  1. Robust Access to a Continuum of Supports and Services (Promotion, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment)
  2. Strong Workforce Capacity and Professional Development
  3. Embedding IECMH Across Child-Serving Systems
  4. Comprehensive System-Wide Planning and Infrastructure
  5. Properly Financed System
  6. Effective Messaging That Builds Public and Political Will

The planning tool is available on the ZERO TO THREE website at www.zerotothree.org/IECMHPlanningTool.

Tag(s): Early Childhood Early Intervention Infants & Toddlers Mental Health Preschool Social/Emotional