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Explains how a child’s early development from birth through age 8 is critical to making an effective transition into elementary school and for long-term academic achievement.

Early Care and Education | Education

Provides early childhood resources that include the President’s early learning agenda, the monthly newsletter from the Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning, and the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge.

Early Care and Education | Education

Discusses the science of early childhood development, the impact of early adversity on children’s development, and the effectiveness of early childhood programs, among other topics.

Early Care and Education | Behavioral Health/Mental Health

Provides templates, a planning checklist, and other tools to prepare for National Children’s Awareness Day, a yearly event that raises awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and emphasizes positive mental health as essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.

Behavioral Health/Mental Health

Reports on research conducted by the FrameWorks Institute from 2008 to 2010 on how Americans think about children’s mental health.

Behavioral Health/Mental Health

Offers a map of developmental milestones across several areas, including physical, social, and emotional development as well as thinking and communication skills.

Behavioral Health/Mental Health | Social and Emotional Well-Being

Provides practical knowledge for practitioners in the government, business, and nonprofit sectors to implement their own intersector initiatives.

System Change

Reviews some of the strategies used by states to address issues related to infant and early childhood mental health. It provides recommendations for nurturing change in state-level infant and early childhood mental health supports and services.

Behavioral Health/Mental Health | Social and Emotional Well-Being | System Change

Helps state and community leaders improve the capacity of their early childhood systems.

Early Care and Education | System Change

Reviews what has been accomplished to date in the development of the “family voice” in all the child-serving systems—not just the substance abuse system but also the systems of mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, trauma support, education, and primary care.

Family Strengthening/Family Engagement | System Change