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Parent, Infant, and Early Childhood

We work to address the social and emotional development and mental health needs of infants and very young children through supporting parents and caregivers, and through training the workforce who work with very young children. Our team provides high quality, relevant, and translational training and coaching, technical assistance, facilitation, consulting, implementation support, and research and evaluation to support workforce development. We also provide policy analysis, systems design and financing, data-driven strategic planning, and quality improvement for systems and programs serving young children and their families.

Our team is deeply involved in the promotion, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based practices that have demonstrated success in supporting the social and emotional of infants and very young children as well as their families including:

  • Pyramid Model for Social Emotional Competence
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
  • Facilitating Attuned iNteractions
  • Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment
  • Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up Model
  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy
  • Circle of Security
  • Chicago Parent Program
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy
  • Wrap-Around service
  • Multisystemic Therapy
  • Functional Family Therapy
  • Nurturing Parenting Program

Our work is grounded in equity informed, developmentally appropriate, and culturally responsive, and trauma informed practices ensuring that the stressors that impact the mental health of families including racism, and poverty are carefully considered in our work.  Our team has an extensive profile of projects that focus on improving the amount and quality of infant and mental health services across a variety of settings including childcare, pediatrics, among incarcerated parent populations, with substance use and mental health centers, and with agencies serving homeless and housing unstable youth.


Circle of Love Podcast

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