Research and Innovation

IEMHP supports communities in practical research endeavours to better understand the state of care for infants and young children in Canada. Our partners include the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health at the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Kids Brain Health Network, the Knowledge Institute on Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions, multiple Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, and many others.

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Infant and Early Mental Health Care Pathways

In partnership with community-based agencies, the goal of the IEMH Care Pathways project is to help communities better serve the youngest children in their region by: Developing comprehensive systems of care pathways; Building knowledge, skill, and capacity among those agencies supporting young children prenatal to age 6; Exploring how system of care pathways can impact the support young children and families receive, ultimately...
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Nurturing the Seed Project

Having access to appropriate services for children, ages 0 to 6, in need of support is a common concern raised by service providers and families. When worries arise about a child’s early development, it can be very difficult to find the appropriate services and/or there are lengthy waiting lists for these services. Families are left feeling concerned and frustrated, and children are left without the right interventions and supports... 
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National Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) Database

In partnership with Queen’s University and community-based agencies, IEMHP is developing the FIRST Canadian National Database of pre-school child development. The information in the database helps us understand how kids are meeting important stages of development. The information in the database also shows which areas of development need more help, so supports and resources can be given in a timely and effective way...

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Natural Helpers for the Children Learning Circle

Recognizing that early experiences of children, aged birth to six, are critically important for their development and wellbeing, and in particular for the child’s mental health (i.e., social-emotional development), the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Chiefs partnered with IEMHP to create resources that promote early mental health, prevent risk for those who are known to be vulnerable for poor mental health, and provide supports for young children... 
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Evaluation Tool

Infant and Early Mental Health Core Components Evaluation Tool

IEMHP identified five infant and early mental health core components for successful embedding of infant and early mental health science, policy, and practice. Organization, agency, and/or community leaders are invited to use our online evaluation tool to identify their team's strengths, and which component they may benefit from focusing on next... 
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Access to Infant and Early Mental Health Services During COVID-19

In coordination with the Knowledge Institute on Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions, Kids Brain Health Network, and Children First in Windsor, ON, IEMHP undertook a brief survey of Canadian parents/caregivers of children under 6 years of age on their experiences with accessing services during the first wave of the pandemic... 
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Community Report

Embedding the Science of Infant Mental Health in Practice and Policy

In December 2014, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) provided funding to IEMHP to create a collaborative, community-based process to further explore the issues at play for direct service delivery agencies. Through this project, IEMHP consulted with five communities in Ontario to gain a better understanding among all agencies and sectors concerned with infant and early mental health... 
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