Young Children’s Mental Health

About this resource
Reviewed: 2017

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Online Resource(s)

Social Emotional Tips for Providers Caring for Infants
This publication provided by the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation provides a set of five tip sheets that child care staff can refer to during specific daily routines: dressing, meal times, playtime, resting, and diapering.

Integrating Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation with the Pyramid Model
This policy brief by the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations provides an overview of early childhood mental health consultation, how it can support the implementation of the Pyramid Model, and the policy issues that arise when administrators seek to integrate these two approaches at the state and local levels.


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
The alliance offers resources for clinicians and families, education, wellness options, and peer support via a comprehensive website. Many resources are free, including brochures, podcasts, and videos.

National Institute of Mental Health
The NIMH offers resources on a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. The website provides fact sheets, publications, and information on funding, research, and other mental health news. Publications on the website are free.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
This organization is dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports, and research. It is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
The center, funded by the Office of Head Start, offers a research-based model of delivering high-quality mental health consultation services. Resources for families, early childhood staff and administrators, and consultants are available, including toolkits and teaching tools.

Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health
The Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health (ILAIMH) Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Credential (I/ECMH-C) is a yearlong, relationship-based, professional development process that begins with the application and culminates in the awarding of the credential. This process is designed to deepen and strengthen the knowledge and skills of the experienced practitioner.

Additional Resource(s)

Understanding Early Childhood Mental Health: A Practical Guide for Professionals
Susan Janko-Summers & Rachel Chazan-Cohen (Editors)
Paul H. Brookes, 2012

Pathways to Competence: Encouraging Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children
Sarah Landy.
Paul H. Brookes, 2009

Family Connections: Helping Early Head Start/Head Start Staff and Parents Address Mental Health ChallengesWilliam R. Beardslee, Mary Watson Avery, Catherine Ayoub, & Caroline L. Watts
Zero to Three, 2009

Mental Health Screening in Child Care: Impact of a Statewide Training Session
Mary Margaret Gleason, Sherryl Scott Heller, Geoffrey A. Nagle, Allison Boothe, Angela Keyes, & Janet Rice
Early Childhood Research & Practice, 2012

Infusing Mental Health Services Into Primary Care for Very Young Children and Their Families
Margot Kaplan-Sanoff, Ayelet Talmi, & Marilyn Augustyn
Zero to Three, 2012