Promoting the Mental Health & Healthy Development of New York’s Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
We are pleased to attach a copy of, Promoting the Mental Health and Healthy Development of New York’s Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers: Advancing the Agenda, Sustaining the Gains: A Call to Action, prepared by the New York City Early Childhood Mental Health Strategic Work Group. The Work Group is an advisory group to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Members include experts from the fields of early intervention, health, mental health, early care and education, child welfare and the judicial and academic systems. The group was convened to develop an action plan for New York City and New York State to address the mental health needs of infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families.
This report is a follow-up to the 2005 White Paper which we believe played an important and constructive role in alerting policy makers to the need for government to play a more active role in promoting early childhood mental health. We wrote this White Paper to update the findings made then, to point to continued unmet mental health needs for young children in New York State, and to strongly urge policy makers to consider a series of recommended changes in governmental policy in order to support and promote the critical mental health needs of young children.