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  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.


  2022 CDF-MN Policy Agenda

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.

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