Our Mission: People who touch the lives of infants and very young children have access to high quality infant and early childhood mental health consultation and other strategies to promote healthy social and emotional development so that every child succeeds in school and life.
Why We Meet: The following indicators are some of the topics we are tracking which drive the Infant Toddler Team and illustrate the current state of children’s mental health and well-being:
- School Suspensions and Expulsions
- Availability of Psychologists
- Availability of Psychiatrists
How We Improve Systems: The Infant Toddler Team has developed an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Model (IECMHC) for Wisconsin. This is an evidenced based professional mental health service that builds adults’ capacity to strengthen and support children’s social and emotional health and development.
Learn more about the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) model.
Immediate Needs of COVID-19 – the pandemic has taken a toll on many parents. Recognizing this, the Infant Toddler Team has developed a series of flyers and short videos on “Helping Parents with what they Need."
Responding to Challenging Behaviors of Children
Sometimes what we see as challenging behaviors can be typical for young children who have not yet developed executive functioning. If you are unsure how to respond you are not alone.
Self-care/Self-help – What You Need to Show Up as Your Best Self
Caring for your children and family is a big responsibility, and you can't do it as well as you may want to without taking care of yourself.
Having social connections is important to your being the best parent possible.
Basic Needs – Parents Can't Parent if Basic Needs aren't Met
Necesidades Básica – Los Padres no Puede Criar si no se Satisfacen las Necesidades Básicas
Behavior Help Wisconsin: This program is a tiered model of support for children, families, and early educators aimed at addressing the key factors of early expulsion, including challenging behaviors, traumatic experiences, and implicit bias. This program is being piloted in western Wisconsin counties (Chippewa, St. Croix, Dunn) and in historically underserved Milwaukee communities (zip codes 53204, 53206, 53210, 53215, 53218). This video explains Behavior Help Wisconsin.
Our Current Partners: Members of the Infant Toddler Team include the University of Wisconsin, state departments (Department of Children and Families, Department of Health Services), childcare specialists, early childhood experts and organizations, county health and human services, non-profit organizations focused on child well-being, mental health, and welfare, public early childhood education, and healthcare systems.
We welcome you to join this effort for increased collaboration and coordination. For more information about the Children's Mental Health Collective Impact work, please contact us at OCMH@wisconsin.gov.