Arkansas ECMH consultation project
Professional Development, Social and Emotional Health, Developmental Screening, Child Care, Professional Development
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Arkansas is strengthening early childhood mental health (ECMH) supports in early care and education programs through its ECMH consultation project, called Project PLAY (Positive Learning for Arkansas’ Youngest). Consultants work out of community health centers in five regions of the state, partnering with licensed child care programs. The goals of Project PLAY are two-fold: 1) Promote positive social and emotional development of children through changes in the early learning environment; and 2) Decrease problematic social and emotional behaviors of young children in early child care settings by building the skills of child care providers and family members. Project PLAY serves child care centers at all levels of quality and prioritizes and conducts outreach to centers that serve foster children.