Supporting Parents of Young Children in the Child Welfare System

Learn about our Supporting Young Children’s Mental Health project. Introduction Consistent, responsive, and nurturing early relationships foster emotional well-being in young children, as well as create the foundation for the behavioral, social, and cognitive development essential for school readiness.1 Developmental research tells us that parents are one of the most important influences on children with […]

Indicators for Social-emotional Development in Early Childhood: A Guide for Local Stakeholders

Learn about our Project Thrive project. Introduction Social-emotional development in young children encompasses how young children feel about themselves, how they behave and how they relate to people close to them, such as caregivers, teachers, and peers. Although infant and early childhood mental health are often used in the same way, the term social-emotional development […]

Promoting Social-emotional Wellbeing in Early Intervention Services: A Fifty-state View

Learn more about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. Executive Summary Introduction In 2007 approximately 322,000 young children received services through the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part C, the Early Intervention Program for Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities. Yet research shows that only a fraction of children eligible for the program received […]

Unclaimed Children Revisited: The Status of Children’s Mental Health Policy in the United States

Learn about our Unclaimed Children Revisited project. Executive Summary Over 25 years ago Jane Knitzer, in the report Unclaimed Children: The Failure of Public Responsibility to Children in Need of Mental Health Services, documented policy and program disconnects that meant children and youth with mental health needs and their families did not get the services […]

Towards Better Behavioral Health for Children, Youth and their Families: Financing that Supports Knowledge

Learn about our Unclaimed Children Revisited project. Executive Summary The money trail in children’s behavioral health leads to strange and unexpected places. In a time of more and more information about effective practice and historically high levels of child behavioral health funding, it leads to community-level service shortages and poor quality combined with inadequate mechanisms […]