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Welcome to the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health at WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention…

…your virtual forum for best practice, evidence-based information and resources that support the healthy social and emotional development of children under the age of 5 and professional development of practitioners in the field of infant-family and early childhood mental health. Here you’ll find (read more)

Separating Children from Their Families

Recent events have prompted much discussion about the importance of family relationships and effects of family separations on development.  Many programs/practitioners will continue to have concerns and need information to support their work.  The California Center at WestEd has compiled a set of resources from the field that provide a framework for these discussions based on the body of literature and research evidences. The California Center at WestEd is providing these resource links, while not endorsing any particular perspective or policy. (View Resources)

New Endorsement Application Manual Explains Why and How You Can Be Endorsed

The California Center at WestEd recently published its Endorsement Application Manual to help practitioners in the field complete the online application for all endorsement categories. The 22-page manual describes the various levels of and requirements for endorsement and the application process. Download the manual now.

Number of California Endorsees Is Growing!

There are now 370 people who have received endorsement from the California Center at WestEd. Endorsed as either Transdisciplinary Mental Health Practitioners or Mental Health Specialists, these practitioners have met the high standard of training and experience criteria established by the California Center at WestEd. Many have also been approved as Reflective Practice Facilitators and Mentors. A full list of endorsees organized by county is available here.