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 highlights bright spots from around the state that demonstrate successful or innovative approaches to providing services and provides recommendations to improve the infant and early childhood mental health systems that support the social-emotional well-being of Washington's youngest children and their families.
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.