Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Promoting Policies that Support Young Children’s Mental Health

Young children growing up in poverty experience mental health challenges at higher rates than their more advantaged peers, and often suffer negative consequences, including lags in learning, trouble getting along with peers, and expulsion from preschool, when these problems are not addressed.  Recognizing that young children’s mental health is essential to early learning and school success, policymakers and advocates are increasingly interested in policies that can help promote young children’s social-emotional development in a range of settings.  This project tracks and analyzes state policies that provide supports for young children’s mental health from birth through age 8; provides technical assistance to help advance research-informed state policies that benefit young children’s mental health; and conducts policy and teacher/provider surveys to produce new knowledge that can inform states’ efforts to strengthen early childhood mental health policies.


Alliance for Early Success