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Professional Development Opportunity

The top issue of concern for early care and education professionals, according to the SCIMHA 2018 Professional Development Survey, was  "knowledge about the rights of citizen children who have non-citizen parents." The "Foundation for Child Development" will host a 3-part webinar series beginning on January 23, 2019. The first webinar, "A Closer Look: The Unique Needs and Promise of Children of Black Immigrants and Refugee Children" will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, from 2:00PM-3:30PM EST (90 minutes.) If you are interested, please register before January 18 - space is limited. 

DESCRIPTION: Children within immigrant families are often targets of discrimination and further marginalization, particularly within the current political context. Within this vulnerable and resilient population, children of black immigrants and children in refugee families constitute a growing segment of children in our society. Black children of immigrants--most with parents from Africa and the Caribbean--and refugee youth from Muslim backgrounds can experience significant health and economic disparities as they grow. This webinar will focus on the educational, health, and mental health outcomes of these two populations of children and include a discussion of research and policy recommendations on how to best serve and support them. 

SCIMHA is a multidisciplinary association of professionals working to promote nurturing relationships for South Carolina’s infants, young children and their families through resources, policies and practices to foster positive mental health and well-being.

What exactly does infant and early childhood mental health mean?
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is the developing capacity of the child from birth to 5 years old to form close and secure adult and peer relationships; experience, manage, and express a full range of emotions; and explore the environment and learn—all in the context of family, community, and culture. Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is also a term used to describe the full continuum of services and supports (i.e., promotion, prevention, and treatment) necessary to promote healthy development, prevent mental health problems, and treat mental health disorders. ~ZERO TO THREE

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

—Frederick Douglas

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A position paper regarding the opioid crisis

Children At The Border
A statement from ZERO TO THREE
in regard to the issue of children being separated from their parents at the border

Children Are At Risk of Mental Health Issues After A Disaster
Pertinent information from the CDC given the current crisis in America

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