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Episode 17 - August 6, 2020

Our team is back this week with the 17th video in our series. In this episode recognizing that the field of infant and early childhood mental health was built to address inequities for our youngest parents, families and children – we are continuing to delve into the data that grounds this work, and looking at another section of the a report recently published by the Children’s Defense Fund on The State of America’s Children 2020 – youth justice. This might seem far from preschool classrooms but we know that there are direct indicators for risk of justice involved youth that start at birth. This is an issue we all need to care about. The data here is startling and sad, and leads again, to significant disparities in health, income and outcomes for children and families across our country.

Click the video below to watch and for some additional resources.

Here is the full brief of the Children’s Defense Fund’s 2020 Report https://www.childrensdefense.org/policy/resources/soac-2020-tables/ and more information can be found here on the link between high-quality early education and reduced interactions with the justice system:


Please reach out to piec@ssw.umaryland.edu (or in a comment below) with any questions, and share your resources as it relates to understanding and addressing racism and bias for our most at risk families, and our youngest students and clients. Please also use the comments to share any innovating things happening in your community to protect our communities and children from gun violence.

Be well and be in touch!

The PIEC Team


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