The study of infant brain development and early relational health is advancing quickly. Below are resources to learn more.
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
ZERO TO THREE, a leading nonprofit in the field, offers a working definition of infant and early childhood mental health.
Lyons-Ruth et al summarize the challenges inherent in assessing and diagnosing the mental health of young children, and the impact on children, families, and society
Mental Health During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
Postpartum Support International offers a working definition of the challenges many women experience during pregnancy or postpartum, and helpful resources for parents and providers.
2020 Mom offers education and advocacy resources for parents, communities, and providers interested in improving perinatal mental health.
Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the mental health of childbearing women in the United States by advocating for universal education, screening, referral, and treatment of postpartum depression and related maternal mental health conditions.
Foundational Relationships and Early Relational Health
The American Academy of Pediatrics calls out the importance of safe, positive, secure relationships for development, and the importance of the health system in supporting those relationships.
The Harvard Center for the Developing Child’s scientific council emphasizes the essential nature of early relational experiences to build brain health.
Early Childhood Trauma
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, an internationally recognized pediatrician, advocate, and founder of the Center for Youth Wellness, explains the impact of trauma on development.
The NCTSN was founded by Congress in 2000 to improve care and access to services for traumatized children, and offers a wide range of resources on trauma-informed care for children and their families.
ACES Too High offers a compilation of resources to help readers better understand adverse childhood experiences.
The Center on the Developing Child explains key principles of early childhood brain development, illustrating the impact of trauma and stress on young children as they grow.
Policy and Practice
ZERO TO THREE works across sectors to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.
Child Trends leads research in the early childhood field across many issue areas, offering important tools to policymakers and advocates as they seek to improve outcomes for young children.
The SAMHSA center for excellence develops and shares best practices for infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC).
Every child begins the world again.
Henry David Thoreau