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The Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University is pleased to announce the release of a new video related to children’s social and emotional development. 

Building Positive Relationships with Young Children addresses how having strong, positive relationships with adults is critical for young children’s social and emotional development, and sets the stage for all future learning. How adults handle daily routines and instructional goals impact how well children attach and respond to teachers and caregivers, which in turn affects children’s feelings of security to explore their environment and make new discoveries. In this video, teachers, family child care providers, and other experts discuss how adult relationships with children impact children’s development, behavior, and readiness to learn. Strategies for building strong relationships with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and Kindergarteners are also shared. To view the video, Click here

The Center wishes to thank the following programs, organizations, and agencies for their assistance in making this video: ASPIRE Institute at Wheelock College, Cathy Cares Child Care, Child and Family Development Resource Center, Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, Cook Hill Integrated Preschool, Cooperative Educational Services School Readiness Program, EASTCONN Birth-to-Three Program, EASTCONN Killingly Head Start, EASTCONN Plainfield Head Start, Housatonic Community College Early Childhood Lab School, Natchaug Elementary School, New Heights Child Development Center, Out Came the Sun Childcare, Pat’s House Family Childcare, Windham Early Childhood Center, Windham Early Head Start, and Women’s League Child Development Center.


Testimonies from members of the CT-AIMH

In support of Senate Bill 652: An Act Concerning Referrals from the Department of Children and Families to the Birth to Three Program (Part C) Select Committee on Children by Marianne Barton, Ph. D.
Written Testimony for Mental Health Services Working Group to improve Connecticut’s capacity to address children’s mental health needs, Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety. by Margaret Holmberg, PhD and Melissa Mendez, LCSW
Testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources by Dr. Darcy Lowell


Miscellaneous Resources

Training and education for a skilled infant MH workforce
For Our Babies e-Newsletter
Tot Therapy: Psychiatrists Join Up with Pediatricians Pediatric IMH in the Wall Street Journal
New Perspecitves in Infant Mental Health Issue Fall 2014 Volume 22 Issue 4
Developmental Screening and Assessment Instruments with an Emphasis on Social and Emotional Development for Young Children Ages Birth through Five, compiled by Sharon Ringwalt May 2008
Infant Mental Health Approaches and IDEA Part C - A position paper from the IDEA Infant Toddler Coordinator’s Association (ITCA)


Relevant CHDI Publications

The Infant Mental Health Workforce: Key to Promoting the Healthy Social and Emotional Development of Children
Infant Mental Health Workforce Brief


Articles from the CT Mirror

The Long Research of Childhood Trauma
Changing Course
From Brain Science to Stop & Shop
Recognizing Trauma and Isolation
Talking about Trauma


Family, Friend and Neighbor Care Useful Resources

A list of useful resources download PDF