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Early Years Mental Health Toolkit

 

Research has shown that early experiences shape the developing brain and provide the foundation for an individual's mental health and well-being. The social-emotional skills developed in the first six years of a child's life are linked to their later success in school, work and ability to form healthy relationships. The Early Years Mental Health Toolkit is aimed at building the capacity of providers to support and promote the mental well-being of infants, young children and their families.

Early Years Mental Health Committee

The Halton Early Years Mental Health Committee (EYMHC) is a cross-sector collaboration of service providers who work with infants/young children and their families. Through this partnership, the committee’s efforts have been focused on ensuring that families are strong and stable, emotionally healthy and equipped to nurture their children so that they are ready to learn and reach their full potential. More...

Community Model

The EYMHC, working across the continuum of early years mental health, has developed a number of tools and resources for service providers working with infants and young children 0 to 6 years of age to promote the healthy social-emotional development of young children. More...

8 Areas of Focus for Healthy Social-Emotional Development of Infants and Young Children

The Social-Emotional Development in the Early Years: A Common Message Paper (2nd Ed.) is a comprehensive guide to the eight areas of focus that are critical to healthy social-emotional development. More... 

Screening and Assessment

The universal screening of infants/young children's social-emotional development can help improve an infant or young child's access to services and mental health outcomes and identify factors that might derail healthy social-emotional development. More...

Take it Further

Tools and resources that take a deeper look at promoting the social-emotional well-being of infants and young children. More...