For early childhood mental health advocates
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Resources for Early Childhood Mental Health Advocates

Updates |  October, 2023

Highlights in this newsletter include information on a free reflective practice resource from Start Early, free training and updated app from the CDC, a free webinar series from the Division of Early Childhood, KAIMH Conference 2024 save the date and upcoming professional development courses that support your IMH-Endorsement®.


Free Resource

Start Early has launched a new professional learning resource called Reflectable®. For a limited time, they are offering it free to early childhood systems. Reflectable® is a mobile-first tool for early educators that supports social emotional learning in pre-K classrooms through a 10-minute, guided weekly reflective practice. Click here to learn more. 


"Embracing diversity, especially when it comes to children and families, is like adding all the colors to a beautiful painting."

Check out these helpful tips on how to teach children to embrace diversity, from Gail Cozadd, CEO of Kansas Children's Service League.



Early care and education providers play a critical role in the health and wellbeing of children. You are very well positioned to help identify children who might need extra help in their development. This FREE, online training course, Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention helps you fulfill this role by providing tools and best practices for monitoring the development of children in your care and talking about it with their parents.



A free webinar series from the Division of Early Childhood in now available to watch on demand:

In Pursuit of Equity 

In this webinar series, the Division for Early Childhood and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center host various experts in the field of early childhood special education and early intervention in disrupting the pervasive inequities of our systems. Topics include troubling notions of "at risk," challenging biases about families in home based services, suspension and expulsion in early childhood settings, counteracting racism and ableism in early childhood systems, and engaging in systems change in pursuit of equity. Click here to learn more and access the recordings. 



CDC’s Milestone Tracker is now LIVE in the App Store and Google Play! 

This NEWLY updated app is FREE for teachers, parents, and caregivers. Track a child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging a child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how a child is developing.
As an early care and education advocate, you know the importance of tracking children’s developmental milestones. This app makes it easy, fun, and a great way to engage parents and caregivers. CDC’s Milestone Tracker app helps teachers, parents, and caregivers better understand each child’s skills and abilities, track and celebrate developmental milestones, and share developmental progress from ages 2 months through 5 years.


  • Add a Child – add a photo and enter personalized information about a child or multiple children.
  • Milestone Tracker – track a child’s developmental progress by looking for important milestones using an interactive, illustrated checklist.
  • Checklists Adjust for Prematurity—updated functionality uses corrected age for babies born prematurely.
  • Milestone Photos and Videos – know what each milestone looks like so that you can better identify them in a child.
  • Tips and Activities – support a child’s development at every age.
  • When to Act Early – know when it’s time to “act early” and talk with a child’s doctor about developmental concerns.
  • Appointments – keep track of a child’s doctors’ appointments and get reminders about recommended developmental screenings.
  • Milestone Summary – get a summary of a child’s milestones to view and share.
  • Access a printable poster (8.5” x 11”) for your classroom or center, a web button for your website, and more at

Save the Date - KAIMH Conference 2024 April 18-19th, Overland Park, KS



Check out these upcoming professional development opportunities that support your Infant Mental Health Endorsement®  from the Early Childhood Investigations Webinars, Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, Kansas Children's Service League, Kansas Parents As Teachers, and Child Care Aware.

Theoretical Foundations

Early Ed Book Study: Culturally Responsive Teaching, Oct. 12 – Nov. 16, 2023
Better Brains 1: Foundations in Brain Development and Learning, Nov. 2-9, 2023
Better Brains 2: Brain Development and Care of Children, Dec. 7-14, 2023
Exploring Social and Emotional Development, Dec. 7-14, 2023
Understanding the Meaning of Behavior, Nov. 8, 2023

Law, Regulation and Agency Policy
Advancing the Vision of Inclusion, Nov. 2-9, 2023
Darkness to Light Stewards of Children® Sexual Abuse Prevention Training, Nov. 7 or Nov. 16, 2023

Systems Expertise
Perinatal Mental Health, Oct. 19, 2023
Supporting Kansas Families: DCF Child Care Subsidy Program, Nov. 2-9, 2023

Direct Service Skills
Inclusive Care for Infants and Toddlers, Oct. 19 – 26, 2023
Supporting Relationships Through Engaging Environments, Oct. 19-26, 2023
Strategies to Help Every Child Fly In Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms, Oct. 25, 2023
Child Development: Connecting Development to Practice, Nov. 2-9, 2023
How to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Families, Nov. 2-9, 2023
Trauma Informed Series, Nov. 2-9, 2023
Creating Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms, Nov. 8-15, 2023
Healing Play Strategies for Preschool Children Who Have Experienced Adversity, by Steve Gross, MSW, Nov. 29, 2023
Environments, Routines and Strategies that Support Social and Emotional Development in Young Children, Dec. 6, 2023

Working With Others
Promoting Family Engagement with Infant and Toddler Families, Nov. 2-9, 2023
Racial Equity, November 16, 2023

Family PartnershipsOctober 19 – 26, 2023
Meaningful Evidence: Understanding Assessment in Early Childhood Programs, Nov. 2-9, 2023
Communication is Key, Nov. 28, 2023

Anxiety in Preschool Children: Identifying and supporting anxious young learners, by Sarah Taylor Vanover, Ed.D., October 26, 2023
Racial Equity and Early Childhood Education, Nov. 2-9, 2023
LGBTQIA+ Cultural Competency: Best Practices for Working with LGBTQIA+ Youth and Families, Nov. 2 or Nov. 28, 2023

Overcoming Burnout in the ECE Workplace, by Ellen M. Drolette, December 6, 2023 
Time Out! Taking Care of You, Oct. 26, 2023
Mindfulness for Early Childhood Professionals, Nov. 2-9, 2023

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