The state of Washington is part of a national movement to ensure that a strong network of infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) services is available to young children and their families. This brief, the first in a series of issue briefs funded by Perigee, covers the steps Washington took to collect information and stakeholder input to develop a strategic plan for advancing infant and early childhood mental health. It also provides an overview of the other five briefs in the series.
Archived Webinar September 1, 2021
The Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation offers virtual training webinars from experts on key topics in the field of infant & early childhood mental health, followed by meaningful discussion. Webinar 2, accessed on this webpage, examines issues of racialized inequities and bias on the early care and education experiences for Tribal Communities, explores traditional practices and their role in healing and resilience, examines the commonalities of IECMHC and traditional practices; and identifies practices and policies to strengthen cultural responsiveness in IECMHC for tribal communities, in order to reduce disparities and support children’s healthy development.
Planning Tool September 1, 2021
The new Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Racial Equity Toolkit is a collection of videos, tools, and resources that can help consultation systems leaders and all IECMHC practitioners build capacity in understanding race and systemic racism, bias, and culturally responsive practice and meaningfully embed equity in their programs and practice. Each resource includes accompanying discussion questions that can guide reflection of the central issues.
Before, During, and After COVID-19: What We can Learn from Illinois Head Start’s Family Engagement and Social-Emotional Learning Practices
Blog August 17, 2021
Through a longitudinal, qualitative study with 20 Illinois-based Head Start/Early Head Start directors, the author of this blog provides a look into the novel and creative approaches that can inform ECE practice as we seek to recreate a new and improved “normal” in a post-pandemic world. Educators, administrators, and policymakers are provided with several key learnings that they can apply in their engagement of families of young children and provision of social-emotional support.