EDC Experts Present at Mass. Early Childhood Mental Health Summit

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On June 6, two of EDC’s early childhood development experts, Kim Netter and Nancy Topping-Tailby, presented during an invitation-only Massachusetts Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Summit hosted by the Children’s Mental Health Campaign with funding support from the Department of Mental Health. During the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Summit, Topping-Tailby, Netter, and Stacey Gay of the Justice Resource Institute engaged state leaders, policy-makers, educators, and advocates in the afternoon breakout session, “Consultation and Preschool Expulsion.” 
 
Nancy Topping-Tailby
Nancy Topping-Tailby (shown at right), who leads an EDC team for the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness said, “We were honored to participate in the Summit. State leaders are committed to ensuring that early childhood providers have the systems, supports, and skills they need to promote the healthy social and emotional development of young children and prepare them to thrive in school and in life.”
 
Kim Netter (pictured below), who is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, noted, “We appreciated the opportunity to Kim Nettershare EDC’s insights into effective prevention and early intervention practices. Both of our centers are producing resources that can help the Commonwealth advance its goals to foster young children’ resilience and sound mental health.”
 
The Summit built upon a Statewide Policy Forum at which leaders discussed the findings and implications of the brief “Early Childhood Development: Implications for Policy, Systems, and Practice.” The event kicked off with welcoming remarks by Mary McGeown, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, followed by a keynote by Commissioner Joan Mikula (Mass. Department of Mental Health), Commissioner Tom Weber (Mass. Department of Early Education and Care), and Commissioner Monica Bharel (Mass. Department of Public Health) on the current context of infant and early childhood mental health in the Commonwealth.
Last Updated: June 2017