Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Early Care and Education Providers

This section was developed specifically to assist early care and education providers in preventing and identifying mental, emotional and behavioral health issues in young children, as well as promoting social and emotional development. The sections to the right include videos, information about infant mental health, brain development, the role of early care and education providers in promoting social and emotional development and resources and links to community and national supports.

This section and the videos were funded by a grant from the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) through the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF).

April is World Autism Month

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a general term for disorders of brain development characterized by a range of symptoms. ASD is characterized by many different symptoms, the most common being difficulties with social interaction, difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. The degrees to which a child on the spectrum will experience each difficulty can vary greatly. There are no medical tests to diagnose Autism. Instead, physicians and psychologists administer behavioral evaluations. Treatments can include both behavioral treatments and medicines, with professional teams working closely with the child and their family. Recognizing the early signs of Autism can lead to earlier intervention, resulting in better outcomes. To access resources related to Autism, please click here. You can also visit and search for “Autism” in our resources database.