Start Early: Working Together to Support Early Childhood Mental Health

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
1:30pm - 3:30pm CDT
Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul

The Start Early Funders Coalition

In partnership with Wilder Research and Minnesota Council on Foundations

invites you to attend:


Working Together to Support Early Childhood Mental Health


October 5, 2016
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wilder Center
451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul


The importance of building positive social-emotional capacities in young children and identifying mental health concerns at an early-age are critical in supporting a child’s healthy development, providing essential building blocks to a child’s long-term success in school and life. We will address how child-care providers, mental health professionals and systems can work together to provide supportive learning environments and interventions when needed. 

We are delighted to welcome nationally-recognized speaker Dr. Brenda Jones Harden to provide the keynote address, focusing on the developmental and mental health needs of young children at environmental risk, and how research can effectively inform practice with respect to positive interventions to promote positive outcomes.  Dr. Jones comes to us from the University of Maryland College Park and is also the Chair of the Committee of the Board of ZERO TO THREE.

The program will also highlight best practices across the state, learning from practitioners on how their programs support and address mental health needs of young children, and how partnering with families and external support systems are critical to their success. Additionally, we’ll hear about current and emerging policies evolving within the state to improve awareness and access to important mental health supports for young children.

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.    Registration and Networking

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.    Program


Program Highlights

Keynote Address

  • Brenda Jones Harden, PhD, University of Maryland College Park 

Best Practice Panel; Prevention to Intervention

  • Anne Gearity, PhD, University of Minnesota and Washburn Center for Children
  • Deidre Quinlan, Circle of Security International
  • Julie Ellefson, Southside Family Nurturing Center
  • Judy Ohm, Wilder Child Development Center 

Current & Emerging Policies

  • Catherine Wright, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Reflective Remarks

  • MayKao Hang, Wilder Foundation


For additional information about this event, please contact Kristen Rosenberger at

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