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Joint Initiatives and Alliance for Kids announce a new pilot project funded by the Colorado Springs Health Foundation.  Alliance for Kids and its community partners, The Resource Exchange, CPCD giving children a head start, Peaceful Households, and Mental Health Colorado will be the first in Colorado to pilot the new ten best practices Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Toolkit in the community.

The Early Childhood Mental Health Toolkit was developed as a guide to support Early Childhood Councils, early childhood partners, and early childhood advocates who want to improve the availability of mental health prevention and intervention at the community level. The toolkit provides strategies to support all young children and families, as well as those who are at risk of mental health problems. It is not a curriculum or a program, but instead a guide for Early Childhood Councils and other early childhood partners to assess how their community work aligns with best practices.

For more information about this project and/or the toolkit, please Alliance for Kids Coordinator Jackie Florendo at JFlorendo@allianceforkids.org.

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