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.

Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health

In this section you will find information and resources for parents and caregivers to help them understand the important issues involved in the mental health of children ages birth to 5. We also give information specific to infants, toddlers and preschoolers including: ways to develop caring relationships, reaching important milestones in your child’s social and emotional development, information about maternal depression, understanding how stress affects infants and young children, how to get the best help for your infant or young child, and infant/early childhood services and supports available locally and nationally. This section provides an extensive resource library filled with publications, facts and figures, links and frequently asked questions specific to infant/early childhood mental health issues.

Margaret Holmberg, President of the Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health, wrote and edited much of this Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health section.

To learn more about the Child Health and Development Institute’s work on Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health click here.

Publication On Child Trauma

CHDI (with funding from its parent organization, the Children’s Fund of Connecticut) partnered with The Connecticut Mirror to print and distribute their “Starting Early: The Long Reach of Childhood Trauma” series. The series was written by Arielle Levin Becker from The Connecticut Mirror. Click here to view the series online.

Click here to download the series in a pdf format. If you would like printed copies, please contact Cindy Langer (