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Early Childhood Mental Health Program regrets to announce that our executive director, Lynn Martin, passed away suddenly Sunday, evening Feb. 22 or Monday morning, Feb. 23. Staff and members of the board mourn her passing.

A search for a new executive director has begun. In the meantime, Lynn's administrative team and a committee of board members are continuing Early Childhood's important work.

The Early Childhood Mental Health Program has been making a difference in the lives of young children and their families for nearly four decades (About Us). Our mission is:

To foster healthy development in infants and young children who are at risk, abused, neglected, emotionally disturbed, or affected by family substance abuse, by providing comprehensive mental health treatment and early education services to them and to their families.

Our trained and licensed social workers, family therapists, psychologists, and preschool teachers fulfill this mission through an array of services. But regardless of the manner in which we work, our goal remains the same: to strengthen, support, and nurture families struggling with issues that can accompany poverty, lack of education, substance abuse, and other life stressors.

Neglect, abuse, exposure to drugs—these and other traumas can not only stunt emotional development but can physically alter the structure of a child’s brain. (Learn more.) Healthy brain development in the first two years of life is the foundation for mental health in the years that follow. Prevention and early intervention, therefore, can positively direct the path that leads to adulthood.

To learn more about our work please contact Carol Frank at (510) 412-9200.


Groups for Spanish-speaking parents

Familias Seguras
For mothers who have experienced or are now experiencing domestic violence.
   Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 pm
   Details: Bilingual flyer

Madres en el Postparto
Addresses the depression, irritability and other feelings that mothers sometimes experience.
   Fridays, 10-11:30 AM.
   Bilingual flyer

Support groups for homeless families

For both parents and children living at the GRIP shelter, in Richmond. These groups help parents care for and nurture their young children through the stressful experience of homelessness.

More information, register

For more infomration or to register for any of these groups, call 510.412.9200, 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

More details: Parent Support Groups

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Gender Creativity in Early Childhood

Presented by Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.Please join us for thise next lecture in our ongoing series. May 22, 1-4 PM.

Details and registraion.

Wraparound helps families under stress

Wraparound services help families set and meet goals so parents can focus on building healthy relationships with their children. This short article by FirstFive offers a real example.