Child care providers across the country, many of whom were already struggling to stay open before this crisis, are facing even greater challenges as enrollment declines exponentially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while essential workers, including medical professionals and first responders, are finding that the child care supply is limited and under-resourced – verging on total collapse. Even the providers trying to remain open to care for the children of essential workers are struggling. If this industry collapses, our economic recovery will be more difficult and may never recover. America’s child care providers need more relief if they want to survive this crisis. Read more on the First Five Years Fund blog.
As professionals working with very young children, you know first-hand that mental health is not something that pertains only to adults or older children. ZERO TO THREE’s 2015 Huffington Post blog focused on how parents, caregivers, and professionals can promote a baby’s mental health. The blog post is the first in a three-part series exploring the mental health needs of very young children. Stay tuned for future posts on strategies to prevent mental health problems in young children, and effective treatment for those with diagnosed mental health disorders.
- Start a conversation about infant and early childhood mental health. Encourage your colleagues to read Babies’ Mental Health Matters. Be sure to share your perspective as an infant-toddler professional. How do you promote mental health with young children as part of your work? To provide more information about infant and early childhood mental health, share this link: bit.ly/ZTTIMH .
- Share Babies’ Mental Health Matters on social media. Use the sample posts below to spread the word! Twitter: #DidYouKnow that babies have mental health? Learn more from @ZEROTOTHREE’s latest @HuffPostParents blog: http://huff.to/1e3Ttjk Facebook: Babies’ Mental Health Matters! Learn more from ZERO TO THREE’s recent Huffington Post blog – the first in a three-part series exploring the mental health needs of very young children. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-melmed/babies-mental-health-matters_b_7213290.html
|More Than Baby Talk|
The University of North Carolina’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has just published “More Than Baby Talk,” an easily-readable and free online guide to igniting the communication and language skills of infants and toddlers. This guide includes ten research-based recommendations for educators and parents.
“More Than Baby Talk” recommends one-on-one and small-group interactions that are tried and tested to support the development of language and communication in infants and toddlers from a variety of backgrounds. Among the FPG team’s recommended interactions are responding to children’s vocalizations and speech, eliciting conversations, and using complex grammar and a rich vocabulary. Each practice includes the science that supports it and examples of how to use it.
By using these strategies, educators and parents can provide children with the rich language exposure and opportunities they need to enhance their language and communication. Download your copy today!