Why Prioritize Mental Health from Age Zero?


A child experiences powerful emotions and relationships long before they take their first steps – and attention to their mental health cannot begin too early. While stress, adversity, and human connection shape their development, strengthening parent-child bonds and sensitivity can help the child build a protective shield as they learn and grow.

Learn about the science behind relational health and development, explore playful exercises that promote relational attunement, and be challenged to rethink how your programs and teaching tools can support mental health and family connectedness.

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  1. Understand the link between brain development and social-emotional well-being – and why mental health as a construct should be aged-down to age zero.
  2. Learn simple changes in adult behavior that can promote and nurture mental health and relational wellness for infants and very young children.
  3. Hear how 22 years of work to support families with young children in the Bronx has demonstrated the effectiveness of relationally-based therapy.



Lillian Rountree, Co-Executive Director, Chances for Children - NY

Meta Information:

  • Tags: child development, mental health
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Workshop
  • Track: Health & Wellbeing
  • Session Focus Area Early Learning
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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