Early Head Start (EHS) continues the legacy of Head Start in providing comprehensive services to low-income children, families, and communities. The commitment to supporting children’s social–emotional well-being is central to the mission of EHS. However, programs often struggle to understand and address the emotional and mental health needs of very young children and their families and lack the knowledge, skills, and infrastructure within the community to assess and serve children. In response to questions from program staff and members of the technical assistance network and at the urging of the EHS Technical Work Group in October 2000, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) held a national meeting, the Infant Mental Health Forum. The primary goals of the Forum were to address the role of EHS and the Migrant Head Start programs along with their community child care partners in promoting infant mental health in all children, preventing problems in at-risk populations, and accessing treatment for those with identified needs. The Forum allowed for the sharing of information from leaders in the field of infant mental health and the sharing of promising practices from EHS programs.
This online tool supports home visiting staff and those who support them by presenting regulations, strategies, publications, and resources in a way that’s interactive, flexible, and adaptable to people’s needs. It offers the readerthe opportunity to read, review, rate, save, and organize material that’s engaging, supports understanding, and ultimately contributes to their expertise as home visitors and home visiting supervisors. It has been developed by the Early Head Start National Resource Center, and includes numerous resources produced by other national centers.
Prepared for the Office of Head Start, under contract # HHSP23320100009YC, by the Early Head Start National Resource Center at ZERO TO THREE.