Michigan Releases Toolkit for Families, Communities to Understand Young Children’s Social and Emotional Health

Here is a wonderful new resource for parents and providers that you might find useful, Michigan’s Social and Emotional Tool Kit, 0-8 years.  The infant mental health community in Michigan created much of the language for the guideline for social and emotional well-being for children 0-3. ZERO TO THREE is listed as a resource in the toolkit.  MI-AIMH’s work appears all through 0-3 and is a reference at the end.
From the Michigan Department of Community Health
LANSING – Approximately 9 to 14 percent of all young children experience social and emotional problems that negatively affect their functioning and development. These early problems are related to a variety of health and behavior problems in adolescence, including juvenile delinquency and dropping out of school.
With the priority Governor Rick Snyder has placed on mental health in Michigan through the recent creation of two new mental health commissions, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is recognizing National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day today, May 9. Today is a chance to raise awareness about the important role social and emotional health plays in the success and happiness of infants, young children, and their families throughout Michigan. To assist families and communities in understanding and supporting the social and emotional health of children, MDCH is releasing the “Michigan Social and Emotional Toolkit” to be used across systems and communities in addressing social and emotional health in children.
“With the growing attention on mental health services across the lifespan of Michigan residents, we recognize the importance for fostering good social and emotional health in children early in life,” said Dr. Matthew Davis, Chief Medical Executive with the MDCH. “We know that many challenges can be addressed early, before negative consequences have detrimental and long lasting effects on a child’s development. With this toolkit, we hope to help families support and nurture their children’s social and emotional health.”
This practical and easy-to-use resource includes a fact sheet about social and emotional health, a basic guide for families to promote awareness of social emotional development in their young children, and a presentation that can be used by professionals to increase their own, as well as families knowledge and understanding of this important developmental domain. The toolkit is available to parents, family members, physicians, and communities at www.michigan.gov/socialemotionalhealth.
All Michigan residents, families, and communities benefit when children get a good start in life. Nurturing relationships that support social and emotional health in early life shape the architecture of a baby’s brain and build the foundation for lifelong learning, good health, and success in the workforce. It means that Michigan’s future will have a more talented workforce, stronger economy, and a healthier society.
State and local partners across Michigan contributed to this toolkit including the Great Start Systems Team, with partners from MDCH, the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start, the Michigan Department of Human Services, and the Early Childhood Investment Corporation.