National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. (2008/2012). Establishing a Level Foundation for Life: Mental Health Begins in Early Childhood: Working Paper 6. Updated Edition. https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/establishing-a-level-foundation-for-life-mental-health-begins-in-early-childhood/
A comprehensive overview of seminal scientific evidence showing the impacts of early childhood mental health on child development and future outcomes. In addition to summarizing foundational research about mental health in the early years, this resource explores common misconceptions (which continue to be relevant even a decade later), as well as implications for policy and programming. Consistent with current research, this resource demonstrates the importance of culturally safe programming for infants and families, as well as emphasis on the coordination of resources as best practice.
Of potential interest to anyone that would like to better understand the importance of infant and early years mental health, the value of interventions focusing on this stage of development, and how policy can improve the conditions for wellbeing of young children and their families.