A series of issue briefs, funded by Perigee, outline opportunities to advance infant, early childhood, and parent mental health in Washington State. Informed by family, provider, community, and system leaders from across the state, these resources make the case for deepening the state's collective focus on supporting mental health and wellbeing during the earliest years. This brief covers the ways that infant and early childhood mental health is enacted within multiple settings, sectors, and systems designed to support young children and their families, including health care, early care and education, early intervention, child welfare, and more. The provision of mental health services does not live within one system, but involves a broad network of systems of care that provide a continuum of social-emotional supports.
Video May 2, 2023
In this session, Shayla Collins (UW Center for Child & Family Well-Being), Dr. Rena Hallam (Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood), and Dr. Laura Lessard (Childcare Wellbeing Initiative) shared Shining the Light on You, their innovative wellness program designed for family child care educators, and Pilar Torres (L.U.N.A.) discussed ways to embed HBCC wellness support into ECE systems for educators whose primary language is Spanish.
Centering Racial Equity: Design Considerations for Oregon’s Statewide Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Program
Report April 19, 2023
Prepared by the Center for Improvement of Child & Family Services School of Social Work at Portland State University, this report summarizes information collected from key systems stakeholders, particularly those representing minoritized communities, and provides detailed recommendations for implementing an equity-focused system of IECMHC in Oregon.
Archived Meeting Resources January 9, 2023
This session was presented during the BUILD 2022 National Conference.