Children’s Mental Health
A major determinant of outcomes for children, youth, and their families is their mental health. Low-income children, youth, and their families are disproportionately affected by mental health challenges, impairing the ability of children and youth to succeed in school and placing them at risk of involvement with child welfare and juvenile justice agencies.
The evidence base for effective treatment is growing. Many successful strategies occur in schools and other settings where children and youth spend most of their time. They also involve integrated approaches across various child-serving sectors. Family-focused prevention and early intervention can help the youngest children. Additionally, research demonstrates the effectiveness of strategies that engage families.
However, public policy and funding practices are often out of sync with emerging knowledge. NCCP’s Unclaimed Children Revisited Project works to improve the policy context for children’s mental health.
What Policymakers in Georgia Need to Know About Infant-Toddler Social-Emotional Health
Brief, September 2019
The Voices of Maine’s Early Care and Education Teachers
Children with Challenging Behavior in Classrooms and Home-based Child Care
Brief, March 2018
Using Medicaid to Help Young Children and Parents Access Mental Health Services
Results of a 50-State Survey (Updated March 2017)
Report, March 2017
Mental Health Chartbook
Tracking the Well-being of People with Mental Health Challenges
Report, August 2012
Building Strong Systems of Support for Young Children’s Mental Health
Key Strategies for States and a Planning Tool
Report, June 2011