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With the federal government shutdown, thousands of vulnerable babies and families are at risk of losing access to the programs and services they need, like Earl...y Head Start/Head Start, Women Infant and Nutrition (WIC), child care and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). We need a solution that funds these programs for babies and their families and ensures the long term future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (#SaveCHIP) and Home Visiting Programs (#RenewMIECHV). Babies need Congress to reopen the government ASAP!

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Making friends. Showing anger in a healthy way. Figuring out conflicts peacefully. Taking care of someone who's been hurt. All of these qualities, and more, des...cribe the arc of healthy social-emotional development. Like any skill, young children develop these abilities in small steps over time. Learn what you can do to support social-emotional development in your child: http://bit.ly/2uOZjxj

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Learn what you can do to support social-emotional development in your child from birth to age three.
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The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) works! Research demonstrates extraordinary gains for participating children and families..., including improvements in maternal and newborn health and school readiness and achievement as well as family economic self-sufficiency. A quick call, email or tweet is all it takes! Today is the day to reach out to your members of Congress and ask them to #RenewMIECHV! Thank you!

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The amount of physical contact between infants and their caregivers can affect children at the molecular level. The study of DNA methylation patterns showed that children who had been more distressed as infants and had received less physical contact had a molecular profile that was underdeveloped fo...
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The power of touch, nurturing, serve and return, and family support! This is my plan for retirement (and before if I can make it happen)!

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For 12 years, this man has been volunteering in a hospital - as a “baby buddy” for newborns 💙
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Two of our very own AMAZING PA professionals are on this list! I know we already told you, but it’s with sharing again!!!

With Governor Tom Wolf's recent Disaster Declaration for the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic, this interview with Nadine Burke Harris is an example of what you should expect to see among the children of the opioid epidemic—and what doctors and our systems partners can do about it.

One effect: These children are more likely to use drugs later in life.
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We’ve shared Nadine’s TED Talk in the past and wanted to share that she will be speaking in Philly soon!! Can’t wait to hear her in person about ACES and the impact on our communities and the families we serve!!!

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PA-AIMH is in the process of developing helpful IECMH talking points, resources, and strategies for community members focused on the impact of the opioid crisis on infants, very young children, and their families. Stay tuned for more information!

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Governor Wolf took another step forward in bolstering the fight against heroin and opioid addiction by signing a statewide disaster declaration.
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As the opioid epidemic continues to grip the United States, the toll on the littlest victims -- the children of addicts -- is mounting, new research shows.

As the opioid epidemic continues to grip the United States, the toll on the littlest victims -- the children of addicts -- is mounting, new research shows.
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"First and foremost, you need to know that your toddler doesn’t want to hurt you or anyone else... He doesn’t need punishment; in fact, punishment and time out ...can easily make it more likely that he will hit in the future. He needs you."

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When your toddler hits you he doesn’t need punishment; punishment and time out can easily make it more likely that he will hit in the future. He needs you.
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This might help so many parents with new babies! Sure wish this research was around 12years ago when my daughter would cry every night for 5 hours for 6-8 weeks and no professional or family/friend offered solution worked!!

Small scale study shows promising results for treating colic: http://bit.ly/2AI9lTB For information on identifying colic, see: http://bit.ly/2i7DLaH

Each year, hundreds of thousands of babies and their concerned families suffer from colic - a condition diagnosed simply by intense bouts of excessive crying that last for hours.
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"Relationships are the way babies come to know the world and their place in it. They provide the loving context necessary to comfort, protect, encourage, and of...fer a buffer against stressful times. It is through relationships that young children develop social emotional wellness, which includes the ability to form satisfying relationships with others, play, communicate, learn, face challenges, and experience emotions. In addition, nurturing relationships are crucial for the development of trust, empathy, compassion, generosity, and conscience."

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Social-emotional wellness is often known as infant mental health by early childhood professionals. In a nutshell, it is developing the capacity to experience and regulate emotions, form secure relationships, and explore and learn.
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You haven't missed out! Project LAUNCH has extended the deadline for Scholarship Applications for three online courses related to infant and early childhood men...tal health through University of Minnesota! Click on the link for information and the extended Scholarship Application. New due date is next Monday, January 15!

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The amount of close and comforting contact that young infants get doesn't just keep them warm, snug, and loved. A new study says it can actually affect babies at the molecular level, and the effects can last for years.
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