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Early Childhood Programs

What Works? A Study of Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Programs

Georgetown Center for Child and Human Development

In this study, six ECMHC programs that demonstrated positive child, family, staff, and/or program outcomes were examined. is a Web site on children's mental health launched by the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut.  Although designed for parents, caregivers, practition

Element 5: Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning Programs

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National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

Element 5 is a key factor in the overall success of an SS/HS Initiative. This element focuses on the social and emotional development of children under age 8, with the aim of improving school readiness and preventing issues with violence and alcohol and other drug use from ever occurring.

What We Know and Don

Child Trends

This brief provides an overview of what we know and don’t know about measuring the quality of children’s environments in nonparental care settings, given the current status of the research. It addresses three key questions concerning the measurement of quality and provides suggestions for ongoing research and dialogue related to each question.

Economics of Early Childhood Policy

Rand Corporation

This paper summarizes the recent research from the field of economics that supports the cost-effectiveness of early childhood prevention programs.

Science-Based Framework for Early Childhood Policy: Using Evidence to Improve Outcomes in Learning, Behavior, and Health for Vulnerable Children

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

This report provides a framework to guide policymakers toward science-based policies that improve outcomes in learning, behavior, and health for vulnerable children.

Reducing Disparities Beginning in Early Childhood

National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University

This brief discusses the effects of various disparities in early childhood, including social emotional development and mental health, early childhood development, and school readiness, and proposes

Early Head Start and Teen Parent Families: Partnership for Success

Center for Law and Social Policy

This brief focuses on the special needs of adolescent parents and their children and on how Early Head Start (EHS) programs can support them.