ZERO TO THREE Promotes Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Awareness

What prevents states and communities from delivering mental health services to infants, young children, and families? And what can be done to overcome these obstacles? With the help of infant-early childhood mental health and policy experts from across the country, the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center has taken a closer look at these issues and is pleased to announce the release of a new resource, Making It Happen: Overcoming Barriers to Providing Infant-Early Childhood Mental HealthMaking It Happen illuminates the scientific evidence for infant-early childhood mental health (I-ECMH) policies; examines issues faced by national, state, and local program directors and mental health practitioners in providing I-ECMH services; and proposes a set of recommendations for policy improvements at the federal level.  Additionally, it provides a context for the issues and barriers states face when financing services for those most in need and during a time of life when those services would have the highest rate of return.  Read the paper to learn more!

You can help ensure the social and emotional developmental needs of infants and toddlers in your community are being met this Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9. In our May advocacy calendar, this month’s challenge is to identify at least one policymaker in your state and send them a copy of the new ZERO TO THREE paper, Making It Happen: Overcoming Barriers to Providing Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health. Download May’s Advocacy Developmental Milestone calendar now!

“Babies, Babies, Babies – A Day Dedicated to the Infant/Toddler Caregiver”

New Jersey First Steps Infant/Toddler Specialist Initiative Central Region and CCCC of Union County Present:

“Babies, Babies, Babies – A Day Dedicated to the Infant/Toddler Caregiver”

Featuring Karen Nemeth and Jeff Johnson


Monday, June 4, 2012


Brookdale Community College, Student Life Center
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738

More Information:

Brochure and registration form

New Resources from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

The Center for Early Literacy Learning has released several new resources.

  • Three new CELLcasts. CELLcasts are audio/video versions of CELL practice guides which are available to view online or download. Give Me, Give Me includes ideas for encouraging infants to use gestures and movements to ask for what they want or need. Sound Play provides parents with ways to help toddlers develop language skills. Wired To Read teaches parents how to use computer technology to provide young children with early literacy learning opportunities. The CELLcasts are available at


  •  New video: Getting Kids Involved: Creating Opportunities for Learning

The video introduces and illustrates many ways in which adaptations within the home or classroom can promote the active involvement of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities in everyday literacy activities. The video is available at


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