Mitigating the Effects of Trauma among Young Children of Immigrants and Refugees
This issue brief seeks to raise awareness of the need for trauma-informed services for young children of immigrants and refugees as well as for their families. In addition to providing a profile of this population and an overview of the effects that trauma, if unaddressed, can have on child development, the brief suggests potential strategies to improved and expand supports for these children.
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.
Report February 1, 2023
The BUILD Initiative is a national effort that advances state work on behalf of young children (prenatal through five), their families, and communities. BUILD staff partner with early childhood state leaders focused on early learning, health and nutrition, mental health, child welfare, and family support and engagement to create the policies, infrastructure, and cross-sector connections necessary for quality and equity. BUILD provides consultation, planning, and tailored implementation assistance, learning opportunities, resources, and cross-state peer exchanges. These efforts help state leaders improve and expand access to quality and promote equitable outcomes for our youngest children.
Family Voice Matters: The Importance of Effective Parent Coalitions
Blog January 31, 2023
BUILD recently interviewed five parent leaders about their experience in parent coalitions. In addition to reminding us of the need to address implicit bias on behalf of all families and children, they provided their thoughts on ways to ensure the coalitions fulfill their purpose and best meet the needs of families, and whether there’s room for improvement in the way they function. Here’s what they told us.