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.
We ALL benefit when children and families thrive, including those growing up in Black, Indigenous and communities of color. At Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, we believe everyone has a role to play in ensuring every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. The Children’s Defense Fund envisions a nation where marginalized children flourish, leaders prioritize their well-being, and communities wield the power to ensure they thrive.
As COVID has upended our communities and families, Minnesota state and local leaders have responded with urgency and creativity. We at CDF-MN are ready to work with policymakers to continue the extraordinary leadership and vital investments in families necessary to meet this moment.
The 2018 Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Book entitled "Building Community in a Time of Changing Needs" focuses on trends in key indicators of child and family well-being [...]