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Title: Linkages Between Child Care and Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities


1
Linkages Between Child Care and Mental Health
Challenges and Opportunities
  • Jane Knitzer, Ed.D.
  • Child Care Research Consortium Meeting
  • March 9, 2005

2
Why Link? The Challenge from a Child Care
Perspective
  • Field-based concerns are high
  • Prevalence data supports interventions
  • Research evidence supports intervention
  • Social and emotional skills are foundational for
    early school success
  • Poor quality child care is linked to more
    behavioral problems
  • The mental health of child care providers matters
  • The mental health of parents matters

3
Demystifying Early Childhood Mental Health
  • What is it?
  • Age appropriate social, emotional and behavioral
    development and relationships
  • Whose problem is it?
  • The child? The provider? The fit? The family?
    All?
  • What can help?
  • In most instances, the best way to help young
    children is to help those closest to them BUT
  • Young children can have serious disorders

4
Goals Risks for ECMH/Linkages
  • Goals
  • Promote school readiness,
  • Build capacity and competence in child care
    providers/teachers
  • Support families
  • Identify and get specialized help to children and
    their families
  • Risks
  • Rush to the clinical

5
Practice Policy Perspectives
  • Most linkages have been with centers
  • Intervention Strategies
  • MH consultants (program child different
    models)
  • Classroom based assessments (DECA)
  • Curricula (e.g. Tools of the Mind)
  • Growing body of knowledge about effective
    child-focused interventions in ece settings
  • Implementation challenges

6
Research Perspectives
  • Limited high quality research on state and
    community interventions
  • Despite limitations, patterns in findings
  • Language improvement
  • Decreases in aggression (or less increase than
    in controls)
  • Some change in parental expectations
  • Few changes in child care provider behavior
    documented

7
Opportunities Questions
  • What is the pay off
  • for children, providers, programs (short-term,
    longer term)?
  • What are most effective intervention strategies
  • for which children, which providers, which
    settings?
  • What infrastructure is needed to promote
    evidence-based practice ?

8
Selected Resources
  • www.csefel.uicu.edu Center for Social and
    Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
  • www.childcareresearch.org Research Connections
  • www.nccp.org National Center for Children in
    Poverty

9
If you would like more information, contact
Jane Knitzer at jk340_at_columbia.edu Or visit the
NCCP web site www.nccp.org
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