The following links are provided to broaden your available online resources.
For New Hampshire's early childhood council click here: Spark New Hampshire
ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Their mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.
ZERO TO THREE’s podcast series,, addresses some of the most common (and challenging) issues facing parents of babies and toddlers, such as: helping a baby learn to sleep through the night; dealing with a picky eater; and learning to set limits on children’s behavior. These questions—and more—are covered in this series of , hosted by Ann Pleshette Murphy, a past contributor to ABC’s Good Morning America Parenting Segment and Vice President of the ZERO TO THREE Board of Directors.
Click here to learn more and access the podcasts from the ZERO TO THREE site.
Click here to access the podcasts through iTunes.
For almost 150 years, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) has been Greater Boston’s leading and trusted provider of comprehensive human services. JF&CS helps people of all faiths, races, and ages with the challenges of life. Jewish Family & Children’s Service cares for individuals and families by providing exceptional human service and health care programs, guided by Jewish traditions of social responsibility, compassion, and respect for all members of the community.
JF&CS is in the process of accepting applications for the 2013-2015 Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship. Click here for the flyer about both the Fellowship and the Infant Observation course.
For information about course offerings, please contact Judy Semonoff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpguide.org provides expert, ad-free, user-friendly educational materials and resources to help people improve their emotional well-being; and make more informed health decisions. The Helpguide staff creates and updates these materials after researching unbiased, reliable, professional sources about mental health and emotional topics, childhood and family issues, and healthy living.
The Rotary Club of Santa Monica launched Helpguide.org in 1999. This website has grown from a small local project to an internationally recognized resource now serving 1 million visitors weekly. Helpguide.org International was established in 2012 as a California non-profit public benefit corporation.
For information from Helpguide.org specific to Infant Mental Health please click the following link: http://www.helpguide.org/topics/bonding_attachment.htm
A new resource is available through the Family Resource Connection! A CD-ROM and hard copy of parents handouts on the ZERO TO THREE training curriculum Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (PCAN) is now available.
Call: 1-800-298-4321 or Email: Nancy.Cristiano@dcr.nh.gov
In 1996, the Family Resource Connection (FRC) was launched as a collaborative effort of New Hampshire Departments of Health & Human Services, Education, and the NH State Library—as a statewide library and clearinghouse, whose primary mission was to serve the needs of NH’s children by means of providing information, resources, and support for NH families, caregivers, educators, and other professionals concerning aspects of caring for, educating and raising children—with an emphasis on children with special needs.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers multiple resources on childhood trauma, what it looks like (in more detail), coping with trauma, problematic behaviors, building relationships, creating a safe environment, etc. It also includes some case study examples of children ages 8 months, 17 months, 4 yrs, 9 yrs,12 yrs and 15 yrs, and a few case studies from the family perspective.
The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health (NTAC) has taken a leadership role in addressing the mental health needs of children, youth and their families at the policy, research, training/consultation and direct service levels. NTAC has provided the vision, leadership, knowledge base, to the field to build comprehensive community service delivery systems for children with mental health and/or substance abuse needs, and their families. The National Technical Assistance Center works with states, tribes, communities and families and offers a range of training and technical assistance opportunities, publications, and informational resources.
The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation translates research in healthy mental development into materials tailored to the needs of each of the target audiences, and makes them available on this website.
In addition, the Center serves as an online “Community of Learners:” a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas through traditional and new media.
The March of Dimes strives to develop and implement local programs that will ultimately improve the health of babies. Through our network of chapters and volunteers, these programs reach over a million people across the country and Puerto Rico each year. We provide information and services designed to prevent premature birth and birth defects and to promote healthy pregnancies.
Emotional Availability (EA) is a research-based, scientifically driven way of understanding the quality of communication and connection between a parent (or caregiver) and child.
EA is the first comprehensive construct based on an integration of attachement theory/research emotional perspectives that describes both caregiver and child contributions to the parent-child relationship and that is supported by a significant body of empirical evidence and research - spanning almost two decades.
The research has also informed practice and clinician/researchers are invested in the use of this idea as well as assessment and intervention strategies. EA as a concept and as "tools" (observational assessment, self-reports, and the intervention) have utility for parents, practicioners (mental health professionals, attorneys, physicians, nurses, etc).
Promising Practices Network (PPN) is a unique resource that offers credible, research-based information on what works to improve the lives of children and families.
Catch up on PPN's monthly newsletters here.
*Check out their site for recent updates as of January 2011. Updates include:
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network raises the standard of care and improves access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the United States.
The mission of The World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) is to promote education, research, and study of the effects of mental, emotional and social development during infancy on later normal and psychopathological development through international and interdisciplinary cooperation, publications, affiliate associations, and through regional and biennial congresses devoted to scientific, educational, and clinical work with infants and their caregivers.
The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) is the national early childhood technical assistance center supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NECTAC serves Part C-Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities Programs and Part B-Section 619 Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities In all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions to improve service systems and outcomes for children and families. This web site is one of an array of services we provide to Part C Coordinators and Section 619 Coordinators and the resources on this site are available to all. Funded since 2001, NECTAC and its predecessor TA projects have a foundation of thirty-nine years of technical assistance excellence in early childhood services.
In NH, Family Centered Early Supports and Services (FCESS) are delivered by contractual agreements between Bureau of Developmental Services and designated non-profit and specialized service agencies located throughout the state. Anyone who is concerned about an infant or toddler's development, including a parent, may make a referral to FCESS. The program is designed for children birth through age two who have a diagnosed, established condition that has a high probability of resulting in delay, are experiencing developmental delays, or are at risk for substantial developmental delays if supports and services are not provided.
Learn the Signs. Act Early. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data that show an average of 1 in every 110 children in certain parts of the United States has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The data also show that the average age at which children are diagnosed with an ASD is 4 1/2 years. This relatively late age of diagnosis is a reminder of how important it is to be aware of milestones that mark a child’s development and to act early if a delay is suspected. Acting early can make a real difference!
Special Medical Services provides medical and financial services to children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Children with special health care needs are those who have, or are at increased risk for, chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions, which require health and related services of a type beyond that required by children generally.
UNH Cooperative Extension provides research and evidence-based family life education and support to families throughout the State of New Hampshire. Our county and state based parenting and family expert team members provide direct educational programming as well as support to other programs and agencies who are working to make New Hampshire a great environment for families.
Bright Futures is a national health promotion initiative dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy and that optimal health involves a trusting relationship between the health professional, the child, the family, and the community as partners in health practice.
Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.
The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children, also known as TACSEI, is a five-year grant made possible by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. TACSEI takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day. Most of these free products are available on their website for you to view, download and use.
The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) online course is available at the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), University of Minnesota. The CEHD offers a number of online and hybrid courses. The key components of an online learning environment are: use of web-based technologies as the primary mode to deliver instruction, provide opportunities for social and learning interaction, include collaborative learning activities and a learner-centered environment.
Vermont Northern Lights offers downloadable ECFMH Competencies developed by the Vermont Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Competencies Practice Group with support from the federal IDEA Technical Assistance Partnership through Shared Agenda, Community of Practice, and other 'Seed' Grants.
Angelique Millette parent and family coach, helps to nurture the innate wisdom and intuition of both parents and children (babies too!), by forging a unique family style that strengthens and supports the family to meet life's challenges.
Whether challenged by a baby or child's sleep disturbances, toddler developmental and/or temperamental idiosyncrasies, a parent's own history, or a family’s unique set of circumstances, our unique experience and research relieves family issues and provides the foundation for long lasting communication and resolution.
For strategies addressing sleep issues in young children visit her site by clicking here.
University of Maine has a great resource for information about social emotional development in young children, developmentally appropriate practice and inclusive early childhood education; great for parents, early childhood programs and those providing consultation.
Click here for Early Childhood Resources/Tipsheet.
This was just released - a US HHS and DOE joint statement on suspension and expulsion in early childhood programs.
"Recent data indicate that expulsions and suspensions occur at high rats in preschool settings. This is particularly troubling given that research suggests that school expulsion and suspension practices are associated with negative educational and life outcomes. In addition, stark racial and gender disparities exist in these practices, with young boys of color being suspended and expelled much more frequently than other children. These disturbing trends warrant immediate attention from the early childhood and education fields to prevent, severely limit, and work towards eventually eliminating the expulsion and suspension- and ensure the safety and well-being - of young children in early learning settings."