The Initiative provides an array of childhood mental health services for low-income, at-risk young children (age 0 to 5) and their families in over 150 diverse center-based child care programs, family child care homes and homeless shelters. Services are provided by various community-based mental health agencies. Core services include:

  • child observation assessment
  • case and program consultation
  • direct services to children and their families
  • therapeutic play groups
  • early referrals
  • parent education and support groups
  • training to providers on young children’s emotional health

The Initiative is supported by funding from the Office of Early Care and Education and the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families and is administered by the Department of Public Health.