Early Childhood

Understanding and Strengthening Minnesota’s Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health System of Care

Over the last several decades, there has been a growing awareness of the importance of supporting the social and emotional well-being of young children and their families. Through a public-private project, Building Strong Foundations for Families, Minnesota’s team developed policy recommendations to strengthen the infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) system and recommended a systems map of the current system. These report recommendations were derived from interviews with 19 stakeholders representing the Minnesota’s early childhood mental health system, including advocates, state government staff, early childhood educators, mental health professionals, pediatricians, and others.