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Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Poor and Vulnerable Children in Early Care and Education Programs
Click Here Early Childhood Research & Practice, Volume 12, Number 1
Four key strategies for improving the capacity of early care and education programs for preventing and addressing mental health problems in young children in poverty are outlined: (1) expanding use of early childhood mental health consultants, (2) building effective partnerships with mental health and other community-based systems, (3) providing support and training for teachers, and (4) establishing family-based supports such as those provided by Head Start and Early Head Start. The article concludes with suggestions for research and policy changes to remove barriers and support this work.