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ERIC Number: ED496850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Addressing Socio-Emotional Development and Infant Mental Health in Early Childhood Systems: Executive Summary. Building State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Series, Number 12
Zeanah, Paula; Nagle, Geoffrey; Stafford, Brian; Rice, Thomas; Farrer, Joanna
UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities
During the past three decades, there has been an increase in knowledge about early childhood development. Early experiences can function as either risk factors or protective factors for a child's future health and development. This has led to concern about how current health systems contribute to the quality of the earliest experiences of life. Specifically, knowledge about child development has lead to a focus on mental health care services for young children. This report 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. This executive summary describes: (1) policy recommendations and strategies for implementation; (2) what "infant mental health" means; and (3) how to develop systems for delivering IMH services. The following are appended: (1) Continuum of Socioemotional Services within Primary Care; and (2) Elements of Creating a System of Care. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.) [For the complete report, see ED496853. This publication was produced by the National Center for Infant and Early Childhood Health Policy Center, an active collaboration between the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), and the Women and Children's Health Policy Center at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A