Helpful Links

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) promotes the social-emotional development and school readiness of young children from birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

The California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health

The California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health assists policymakers, funders and organizations to design and implement high-quality practices that promote the healthy social and emotional development of children under the age of 5.

The Center for Reflective Parenting

The Center for Reflective Parenting programs provide an opportunity for parents to engage in an experiential learning process specifically aimed at enhancing reflection and improving the attachment between parent and child. For professionals, we offer various training opportunities that focus on enhancing reflection in parents in order to improve developmental outcomes and create resiliency in children from a wide range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping women who suffer from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. We also work to educate family, friends and healthcare providers so that mothers and mothers-to-be can get the support they need and recover. For resources in English and Spanish, call 1-800-944-4773.

Fussy Babies Network

All babies cry, but some cry more than others. We offer support to families who are experiencing a baby who is fussy, who cries excessively, or who has difficulties with sleeping or feeding. The Fussy Baby Team will work with you and support your family in finding more ways to soothe, care for, and enjoy your baby.

ECHO Parenting & Education

CNVEP’s Mission is to teach effective, nonviolent child-raising practices based on empathy and compassion in order to deepen adult-child relationships and move toward a culture of peace and understanding.

Bright Futures

Bright Futures is a national health promotion initiative dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy and that optimal health involves a trusting relationship between the health professional, the child, the family, and the community as partners in health practice.

Infant Development Association of California

The Infant Development Association of California is a multidisciplinary organization of parents and professionals committed to optimal developmental, social and emotional outcomes for infants from birth to 3 years of age with a broad range of special needs, and their families.

Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic

Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic empowers the children and young adults of South and Central Los Angeles to reach goals in school, build healthy relationships, and enjoy emotional well-being. The Clinic offers behavioral counseling and support to individuals and families.

International Children's Digital Library

The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community — who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages, and ideas — by making the best in children's literature available online, free of charge.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a proven parent-child treatment program that assists parents of children with behavioral problems such as aggression, noncompliance, defiance, and temper tantrums. PCIT is a unique treatment program that focuses on promoting positive parent-child relationships and interactions while teaching parents effective child management skills.

Talaris Research Institute

Talaris Research Institute works to improve the social, emotional and cognitive development of children from the prenatal period through age 5 by providing parents with tools to raise their children effectively.

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, housed at the Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University, is a multidisciplinary collaboration designed to bring the science of early childhood and early brain development to bear on public decision-making.

The Harvard University Center for the Developing Child

Stated simply, we view healthy child development as the foundation of community development, economic prosperity, and a secure nation. Our mission is to advance that vision by leveraging science to enhance child well-being.

Child Trauma Academy

The mission of the Academy is to help improve the lives of traumatized and maltreated children. We endeavor to improve the systems that educate, nurture, protect, and enrich these children through education, service delivery, and program consultation. We work to improve individual lives through clinical assessment and treatment.

Tulane Institute of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health

The Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is dedicated to the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge to promote social and emotional competence in young children locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The Institute is a section of Tulane Psychiatry and Neurology at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Building Blocks for a Healthy Future

Building Blocks for a Healthy Future is an early childhood substance abuse prevention program developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that educates parents and caregivers about the basics of prevention in order to promote a healthy lifestyle. The program is designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 3 to 6.

First 5 LA

First 5 LA is a unique child-advocacy organization created by California voters to invest tobacco tax revenues in programs for improving the lives of children in Los Angeles County, from prenatal through age 5.

Zero To Three

Zero To Three's mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families. Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization that advances its mission by informing, educating, and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.

The CLAS Institute

The CLAS Institute identifies, evaluates, and promotes effective and appropriate early-intervention practices and preschool practices that are sensitive and respectful to children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities

The Center's mission is to improve society's ability to provide children with the best opportunities for health and well-being, and the chance to assume productive roles within families and communities.


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that focuses on protecting people who are especially vulnerable to health risks including babies and children. The Center’s "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaign has created a series of resources to help professionals educate parents and caregivers on the full range of child development.

First Signs

First Signs is dedicated to the early identification and intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD)

The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) was established more than 40 years ago to improve the quality of life for all children and youth, especially those with, or at risk for, special needs and their families.

The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD)

The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) is the official division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), committed to promoting and facilitating the education and general welfare of children and youth with emotional or behavioral disorders.

NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness)

NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.

FPG Child Development Institute

FPG has a proud history of serving as an objective, knowledgeable force for social change to enhance the lives of children and families. Researchers focus on parent and family support; early care and education; child health and development; early identification and intervention; equity, access and inclusion; and early childhood policy.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.

Association for Play Therapy

The Association for Play therapy (APT) defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."

The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is the federal agency within the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that leads national efforts to improve prevention and mental health treatment services for all Americans.

Early Head Start (EHS)

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded, community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Its mission is simple: to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning.

Parents Action for Children

In 1997, Rob and Michele Reiner joined forces with leading child development experts to help raise public awareness about the critical importance the prenatal period through the first early years plays in a child's healthy brain development. Already a renowned film director, Reiner turned his talents to helping educate parents on this and other topics of interest to the caregivers of our youngest children.

Mental Health America (MHA)

Mental Health America (MHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness.

Safe from the Start (SFTS)

The California Safe from the Start (SFTS) Initiative is a comprehensive strategy to assist communities in reducing the impact of violence on children. The initiative targets children from infancy to age 18, with emphasis on children from birth through age 5.

Birth to Five Policy Alliance

Birth to Five Policy Alliance works to fulfill the American promise of opportunity for all. Forty-two percent of our nation's children under 6 live in low-income families and the "opportunity gap" is rooted in these very early years. The Alliance's goal is to shift the odds for our youngest, most vulnerable children so they can grow up eager to learn and ready for success in life.

Vulnerable Infants and Toddlers in Four Systems

This website provides the best available data on the characteristics of vulnerable young children in four service systems.

Latino Child Welfare Issues

This site provides resources and publications on Latino child welfare Issues. Many resources are available in both English and Spanish.



The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Project is a collaborative effort of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) and the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health (NTAC). The NCCC and NTAC collaborate to conduct a range of activities to advance and sustain cultural and linguistic competence in the broad range of programs, organizations, systems, and constituents concerned with child and adolescent mental health.

USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

(USC UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nationally recognized leader in developing and supporting quality services and systems for individuals with, or at risk for, behavioral, developmental, and/or special health care needs and their families.

Children's Institute, Inc.

CII provides healing so traumatized children can recover and lead healthy lives. CII also works to shape the field of children’s services through innovative research, demonstration projects, and professionally accredited training programs.


national child traumatic stress network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.