Here are some other resources that may be of interest to providers serving  families with children from birth to age 8.


Resources and Webinars


Challenging Behavior & Young Children

Position Statements are formal expressions of the Division for Early Childhood that have been developed with input from members, reviewed by members, and approved by the Executive Board. These statements address a specific topic or issue and represent the official position of the organization. DEC’s Position Statement on Challenging Behavior & Young Children, released in July 2017, is attached for your information.

Click here to view the PDF doc.

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Find more information about the Center on the Developing Child at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/.

The Center on the Developing Child [Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University]. (2016, March 30). The Case for Science-Based Innovation in Early Childhood. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Umr8Acgluc.


“Protective Factors, Part 1”: Podcast Features Strengthening Families

There is a new way to access Strengthening Families content. A recent podcast from the Child Welfare Information Gateway features CSSP’s Cailin O’Connor, along with Tabitha Kelly from the Division of Child and Family Services in Arlington County, Virginia. The first in a two-part series, the podcast covers what protective factors are, why they matter and how child welfare workers and other community programs can use the Strengthening Families approach.


Action Planning: A Tool for Workers and Supervisors

A new Action Planning Tool helps workers and supervisors identify their objectives and tasks to be carried out to build their knowledge, develop new skills and put a protective and promotive factors approach into practice. This tool was developed in partnership with Arlington County Department of Human Services for use in child welfare and behavioral health, but the tool could also be used in supervision within home visiting and other child- and family-serving programs. This is part of a suite of tools for supervisors which also includes Coaching on Protective and Promotive Factors: A Guide for Supervisors and Practice Reflection Tools

Action Planning Supv Tool

Core Meanings of the SF Protective Factors

Protective Factors Action Sheets

Research Behind Strengthening Families

SF Logic Model


Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Resources

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC) was funded as an Innovation and Improvement Project by the Office of Head Start in October 2008. Their website has many useful resources, including materials to increase knowledge of early childhood mental health consultation best practices and social-emotional health. https://www.ecmhc.org/

The Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC), funded by SAMHSA in September of 2015. Among the resources available on the website are a Toolkit for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation rich in resources including documents, definitions, and videos. Sample items that may be of interest to IECMHC are:

All materials are downloadable from the website: https://www.samhsa.gov/iecmhc

The recently published ZERO TO THREE publication, “Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Policies and Practices to Foster the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children” provides an overview of early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC), current issues in the field, and possible future directions. https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1694-early-childhood-mental-health-consultation-policies-and-practices-to-foster-the-social-emotional-development-of-young-children

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation is a synthesis of the evidence base for effectiveness of mental health consultation in fostering healthy social and emotional development in young children, birth through age 6. Download at http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/documents/rs_ecmhc.pdf

Enhancing Home Visiting with Mental Health Consultation (2013). Barbara Dillon Goodson, Mary Mackrain, Deborah F. Perry, Kevin O’Brien, & Margaret K. Gwaltney. Pediatrics, 132(2). Available by download at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/132/Supplement_2/S180.long

Enhanced Home Visiting Through Increased Focus on Social and Emotional Well-Being section of federal website focused on Project LAUNCH efforts http://www.healthysafechildren.org/topics/enhanced-home-visiting-through-increased-focus-social-and-emotional-well-being

Supporting Parents with Mental Health Needs in Systems of Care. (2011). Friesen, B., Katz-Leavy, J., & Nicholson, J. Washington, DC: Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health. Available at: http://www.air.org/sites/default/files/downloads/report/Supporting_Parents_With_Mental_Health_Needs_2_0.pdf

The Process & Promise of Mental Health Augmentation of Nurse Home Visiting Programs: Data from the Louisiana Nurse-Family Partnership. (2006). Boris et al. Infant Mental Health Journal, 27(1), 26-40. Available for download at: http://www2.tulane.edu/som/departments/psychiatry/fimh/upload/Zeanah-Boris-2006-IMHJ-NFP-in-LA.pdf

Additional resource links focused on home visiting challenges, burnout, and trauma informed care:

Challenges Faced by Home Visitors. (September, 2016). Finello, Karen Moran, Terteryan, Araksi, & Zadouri, Nane. WestEd California MIECHV External Evaluation Report. Wested: Sacramento, CA. Available at: http://cacenter-ecmh.org/wp/home-visiting-challenges/

Home Visiting Issues and Insights. Creating a Trauma-Informed Home Visiting Program Issue Brief: January 2017. Karen Cairone, Sherrie Rudick and Emma McAuley. Available at:

Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research. Parenting Services Burnout. How it Happens. How to Prevent It. KIPS Blog. Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Apr 03, 2014. Available at: http://www.comfortconsults.com/blog/bid/341343/Parenting-Services-Burnout-How-It-Happens-How-to-Prevent-It

Secondary traumatic stress: A fact sheet for child –serving professionals. (2014). National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Available at:
http://www.nctsnet.org/resources/topics/secondary-traumatic-stress, http://www.nctsnet.org/resources/audiences/for-professionals

Resources for Self-Care

How to Practice Mindfulness. Becoming more aware of where you are and what you’re doing, without becoming overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. Mindful. June 5, 2017. Available at: https://www.mindful.org/how-to-practice-mindfulness/

The Power of Play. 11 ways to take time for what matters by finding your inner kid. Mindful. By Elisha Goldstein and Stefanie Goldstein. October 1, 2015. Available at: https://www.mindful.org/the-power-of-play/

How to Care Deeply Without Burning Out. Sharon Salzberg and Dan Harris explore how to recognize the signs of empathy fatigue and maintain a balanced, mindful, compassionate response (Video). By Susa Talan, June 9, 2017. https://www.mindful.org/care-deeply-without-burning-out/

Self Care Checklist. Handouts and worksheets by Psychological First Aid for Schools 
Field Operations Guide, p. 115. Available for download at: http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/pfa_for_schools_appendix_c_self_care_checklist.pdf


A Collaborative Approach to the Treatment of Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders: Practice and Policy Considerations for Child Welfare, Collaborating Medical, and Service Providers

Collaborative Approach PDF

This guidance document provides background information on the treatment of pregnant women with opioid use disorders, summarizes key aspects of guidelines that have been adopted by professional organizations across many of the disciplines, presents a comprehensive framework to organize these efforts in communities, and provides a collaborative practice guide for community planning to improve outcomes for these families. A set of appendices provides details on implementing the recommendations in the guide as well as a summary of lessons from one community’s experience over the past decade… The overarching message of this guide is that a coordinated, multi-system approach best serves the needs of pregnant women with opioid use disorders and their infants. Collaborative planning and implementation of services that reflect best practices for treating opioid use disorders during pregnancy are yielding promising results in communities across the country. Advance planning for the treatment of pregnant women with opioid use disorders that addresses safe care for mothers and their newborns can help prevent unexpected crises at the time of delivery.

Electronic Access and Printed Copies
This publication may be downloaded or ordered at http://store.samhsa.gov. A phone order may also be placed, in English or Spanish, by calling SAMHSA at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727).

Many additional resources can also be found on the website of the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, including resources on NAS and treatment of OUDs in pregnancy.


American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement: A Public Health Response to Opioid Use in Pregnancy (February 2017)

Read the article here.

The use of opioids during pregnancy has grown rapidly in the past decade. As opioid use during pregnancy increased, so did complications from their use, including neonatal abstinence syndrome. Several state governments responded to this increase by prosecuting and incarcerating pregnant women with substance use disorders; however, this approach has no proven benefits for maternal or infant health and may lead to avoidance of prenatal care and a decreased willingness to engage in substance use disorder treatment programs. A public health response, rather than a punitive approach to the opioid epidemic and substance use during pregnancy, is critical, including the following: a focus on preventing unintended pregnancies and improving access to contraception; universal screening for alcohol and other drug use in women of childbearing age; knowledge and informed consent of maternal drug testing and reporting practices; improved access to comprehensive obstetric care, including opioid-replacement therapy; gender-specific substance use treatment programs; and improved funding for social services and child welfare systems. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports the value of this clinical document as an educational tool (December 2016).

Patrick SW, Schiff DM, AAP COMMITTEE ON SUBSTANCE USE AND PREVENTION. A Public Health Response to Opioid Use in Pregnancy. Pediatrics. 2017;139(3):e20164070


White Paper: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women (January 2017)

Download the PDF here.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (OWH) recently published a white paper titled, “Opioid Use, Misuse, andOverdose in Women.” This white paper explores what is currently known about the opioid epidemic, describes promising practices for addressing opioid use disorder prevention and treatment for women, and identifies areas that are less well understood and may warrant further study. The report was developed as part of an initiative supported by OWH to examine prevention, treatment, and recovery issues for women who misuse, have use disorders, and/or overdose on opioids.



MotherToBaby.org provides up-to-date research information about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Mom and Mind it’s a wonderful free online resource forprofessionals and families to listen and share with others. It offers amazing podcast episodes withreal life stories of moms, dads, and family and talk with experts in the field of maternal mental health and maternal health.


Disparities issues:

Depression in Black Boys Begins Earlier Than You Think

This report discusses how lack of awareness about what depression looks like in men and boys of color (in combination with other disparity issues) may lead to social reprimand, school suspensions, and expulsion rather than to the mental health care that they need. This report provides guidance to mental health professionals and others about what can be done to reduce depression-related health disparities in boys and men of color.

The report was recently published by the American Psychological Association working group.

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Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis

The answer to the disparity in death rates has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America.

This is an exclusive feature story published by the New York Times Magazine Newsletter.
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Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth. Not education. Not income. Not even being an expert on racial disparities in health care.

This is a very powerful story about health disparities from “Lost Mothers” series on maternal mortality in the U.S. co-published by Pro-Publica and NPR.
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Stress and health disparities: Contexts, Mechanisms, and Interventions Among Racial/Ethnic Minority and Low Socioeconomic Status Populations.

This report by the APA working group is the synthesis of research on socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic disparities in stress and health, identification of the mechanisms that may link disparities in stress and health, and a review of interventions that reduce health disparities. This report provides guidance to mental health professionals and others in their efforts to address stress and stress-related health disparities.
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