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Infant-Toddler Mental Health Project

The Infant-Toddler Mental Health project promotes healthy growth in young children’s social and emotional development by building the confidence, competencies, and skills of the caregivers, and those of early care and education staff, and systems. We aim to improve the health and well-being of children by expanding its services on a wider scale and improve children’s opportunities for success later on in life.

Infant-Toddler Mental Health Project will:

  • Train Family Child Care Providers and Early Childhood Educators on the Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • (ACEs) and mental health issues and their impact on infants-toddlers and families.
  • Provide technical assistance and coaching to providers on best practices for integration of ACEs with working knowledge of mental health to support children and their families.
  • Educate caregivers and community members about ACEs and mental health issues affecting infants and toddlers and their families.
  • Provide referrals to specialized mental health professionals if deemed necessary.

Infant-Toddler Mental Health Consultation

The Infant-Toddler Mental Health Consultation is a new initiative of the Infant-Toddler Mental Health Project of ECLW, with the purpose of working with providers and caregivers to increase awareness of mental health in infants and toddlers. And to prevent, identify, and reduce the impact of mental health problems among young children.

The Infant-Toddler Mental Health (ITMH) Consultants utilize evidence-driven, collaborative, and culturally responsive approach to promote the healthy growth in young children’s social and emotional development by building the confidence, competencies, and skills of the caregivers, and those of early care and education staff, and systems. ITMH Consultants help caregivers and providers to combat mental health issues, address social-emotional development, and provide resiliency interaction trainings.

I-T CHILD Study with Yale University’s Child Study Center 

Our Infant Toddler Mental Health Project of ECLW is participating in a social-emotional toddler study called the I-T CHILD with Yale University’s Child Study Center, funded by the Robin Hood Foundation. Our Infant Toddler Mental Health Study is looking to recruit 40 NYC licensed family childcare providers with at least one student under the age of 3. The goal of the study is to improve infant and toddler social-emotional outcomes by increasing the quality of family/group family child-care settings using the IT-CHILD assessment tool and model from the Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation program.

For assistance, please contact Infant Toddler Mental Health Consultant and Program Supervisor, Ms. Amy Eng at 212-941-0030 ext.236

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