Promoting Optimal Child Development

A discovery grant to determine how to best leverage child-serving primary care practices to reinforce positive socio-emotional behaviors in parents and primary caregivers of very young children.


Status: Complete

January 2015 to May 2016

  • Who: Experts and leaders in the early childhood mental health field as well as families.
  • Funder: The project was funded by the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust and conducted in partnership with Ariadne Labs.
  • Our Role: NICHQ conducted an environmental scan of related initiatives, peer-reviewed literature, reports and websites; disseminated a survey to experts engaging in existing interventions within the field; conducted interviews with leaders in the early childhood mental health field; and hosted an expert meeting to identify promising levers for change and potential measures to track improvement in early childhood social and emotional development. The work resulted in a report and webinar of the findings.