Helps state and community leaders improve the capacity of their early childhood systems. Comprehensive early childhood systems require work across the health, early learning and development, and family support and leadership sectors to achieve agreed-upon goals for thriving children and families.
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Provides resources related to a public awareness campaign that was launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education. Targeted at numerous sectors (including early care and education, medical, primary health care, child welfare, and mental health), the campaign highlights the importance of universal developmental and behavioral screening and support within the context of normative child development.
Helps primary and behavioral health care provider organizations improve outcomes by fostering an understanding of where they are on the integration continuum. This six-level framework can be used for planning; creating a common language to discuss integration, progress, and financing; supporting assessment and benchmarking efforts; explaining integration efforts to stakeholders; and clarifying differences in vision between two or more partnering organizations.
Discusses resources that service providers, advocates, and practitioners can use to better understand and engage the community in responding to children whose caregivers are negatively impacted by mental illness, substance use, or trauma.
Provides an overview of research regarding some key characteristics and training strategies of successful parent education programs and information about selected evidence-based and evidence-informed parent education programs.
Provides resources, "promising practices", and suggestions for adapting family strengthening programs for use with refugee populations.
Provides information on high-quality evaluation of early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) in community based settings. This tool kit provides guidance, tools, and resources that will assist in designing and implementing program evaluations.
Describes the general process of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation using candid, unfiltered stories to illustrate what consultants do within early care and education settings in collaboration with families, teachers, children and other partners every day.
Supports states to define the home visiting system, assess the home visiting system’s capacity, prioritize areas for improvement, and provide ongoing assessment.
Describes key components of successful home visiting services. The tool can be used by communities to identify community needs and strengths based on data, explore current home visiting assets and service gaps, choose an evidence-based program model, and analyze components of both program- and system-level implementation that are critical to the replication of high-quality home visiting programs.