Mental Health

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Materials for Families

Head Start families are their children's most important source of healthy social and emotional development. Mental health for babies starts with a caregiver who is "there, aware, and cares." Infants need to form a special bond with someone who is responsive to their needs and who helps foster a growing sense of themselves as individuals. Toddlers need to have consistent boundaries communicated to them as they begin to explore their environments. Preschoolers need help understanding their emotions, giving names to feelings, and managing their frustrations.

All young children benefit when their caregivers are healthy and not too stressed or depressed. The products developed by the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC) are designed to help Head Start families:

  • Find practical tools to help them build positive relationships with their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • Build their capacity to use effective strategies in their homes and communities
  • Reduce their stress and promote positive well-being

Maternal Depression

Materials to Promote Knowledge of Social and Emotional Health in Children 0–5