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  • 05/30/2018 7:56 AM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)
    Read the statement issued by Myra Jones-Taylor, chief policy officer at ZERO TO THREE, about babies and young children being separated from their caregivers at the US border:

    “The secure attachments young children form to their caregivers are the bedrock of healthy development and emotional stability, providing a sense of security and a buffer from the toxic effects of stress and trauma. 

    Migrating to a new country is already stressful. Separating children and caregivers destroys the relationships that foster resilience. Make no mistake; separation at this point is a trauma that can have long-term impacts on an infant’s well-being. Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders can follow. 

    The practice of having border agents remove children from caregivers suddenly and place them in institutional care, especially without any policy for visitation, maintenance of their attachment relationship, or reunification, amounts to child maltreatment. 

    Anyone with infant/early childhood mental health expertise – and anyone with a heart for children – will tell you that separating young children from caregivers at the U.S. border is appalling and must be stopped.”

    View the statement on the ZERO TO THREE website or learn more about the current U.S. border practices and the historical context of government family separation policies.

  • 05/12/2018 11:38 AM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, in partnership with ZERO TO THREE, is organizing a major advocacy event to bring approximately 40 Rhode Island families with babies and toddlers to the State House. Strolling Thunder Rhode Island will take place on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn more.

    Strolling Thunder is the flagship advocacy event of Think Babies, a national campaign designed to bring attention to the many issues that affect what babies and families need to thrive. This year the focus is on high-quality child care for infants and toddlers!

  • 05/03/2018 11:51 AM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    In February 2018, Healthy Families America (HFA) and the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (Alliance) joined together in working to promote better outcomes for babies and their families by building a competent workforce. Read the full article here.

  • 05/03/2018 11:44 AM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health has joined the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in firmly opposing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposal reported in the media that would separate immigrant mothers from their children when they arrive at the U.S. border. Read the full statement.

  • 05/03/2018 11:38 AM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health has published a white paper on the opioid epidemic, titled "What About the Baby? Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce Development as a Part of the Solution to the Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Crises."  Read the full paper here.

  • 03/08/2018 12:30 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is partnering with Zero to Three's Think Babies™ Campaign to help advance policies that ensure babies and families have what they need to thrive: quality, affordable child care; time for parents to bond with their babies; healthy emotional development; and strong physical health and nutrition. Learn more!

  • 03/04/2018 11:10 AM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    Two new reports from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) document impacts of the current immigration context on our nation’s youngest children. On this webinar, the report authors will discuss the study findings, including impacts on young children, their parents, and early childhood educators, and recommendations for stakeholders at all levels to safeguard the wellbeing of children in immigrant families. Learn more and register.

  • 02/23/2018 1:36 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health® (Alliance) has announced a new partnership with Prevent Child Abuse America®, the parent organization for Healthy Families America®, with whom the Alliance will work directly. Read the full story here.

  • 02/23/2018 1:17 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    The Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health has scheduled its Seventh Annual Todd Ouida Children's Foundation Conference for Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Montclair, NJ. This year's theme is "Mindfulness in Infants, Children and Those Who Care for Them: What the Stress-filled World Needs Now." Learn more and register.

  • 02/07/2018 8:59 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    Join the Brazelton Touchpoints Center on Monday, April 23rd for a truly unique and engaging celebration of the life, impact, and 100th birthday of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, a revolutionary figure in the fields of pediatrics, child development, and family engagement!

    The Symposium will feature a lineup of speakers who work on the frontlines of social justice with children and families, and are – in their own ways – carrying forward into the future the guiding principles of Dr. Brazelton’s legacy: ·

    • Geoffrey Canada, President of the ground-breaking Harlem Children’s Zone, a national model for empowering families and children
    • Sandra Gutierrez, Founder and National Director of Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors, the nation’s first evidence-based training program developed by and for Latino parents
    • Andrew Solomon, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, President of the PEN American Center, leading LGBT rights activist, and author of the best-selling book Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
    • Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, Vice President for Program Initiatives at the American Indian College Fund, the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education

    The evening will feature a fete to honor Dr. T. Berry Brazelton on his 100th birthday.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event, as are individual tickets to both the Symposium and the 100th birthday celebration. In the spirit of Berry’s curiosity for learning and knowledge sharing, individuals are also invited to consider becoming a “ticket angel” so that those in service and in training to serve families, and who would otherwise be unable to, can join in the celebration and exchange of ideas and information!

    Learn more and register.


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