Community Discussions Regarding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

conference room
Event Type: 
Monday, September 24, 2018 - 13:00 to 17:00
Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
1002 East Palm Avenue
Tampa  Florida  33605
United States

What:  The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is hosting community discussions throughout the state regarding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.  Infant mental health refers to how well a child develops socially and emotionally.  Understanding infant mental health is the key to preventing and treating the mental health problems of very young children and their families. Infant and early childhood mental health reflects both the social-emotional capacities and the primary relationships in children.  The first years of life provide the foundation for children’s mental health and their social-emotional development.   

The Department of Children and Families will host seven meetings throughout the State to discuss infant and early childhood mental health.  The Department would like to invite infant and early mental health providers to join the discussion on infant and early childhood mental health services, and best practices. 

Through the collaboration of all involved, attendees will come together to identify community resources to provide guidance, best practices, interventions, and connections to promote infant and early childhood mental health services.

Why:  The purpose of these meetings is to gather early childhood partners to discuss what is happening around the state, facilitate connections, and discuss next steps towards supporting services for early childhood mental health.

Who:  Providers and those involved with the 0-5 population are invited to attend.  Seven meetings have been scheduled.

The area served by Central Florida Behavioral Health Network Managing Entity:

  • Circuits 6 - Pasco, Pinellas Counties, 
  • Circuit 10 - Polk, Hardee, Highlands Counties, 
  • Circuit 13 - Hillsborough County, 
  • Circuit 12 - Manatee, Desoto, Sarasota Counties, and 
  • Circuit 20 Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, Collier Counties 

The Children's Board of Hillborough County is not a sponsor of the event and does
not endorse or support the content of the material(s), presentation(s), staff,
volunteer(s) or message(s) delivered during this activity.

Information and Registration

Meeting Materials

Please feel free to forward the links to others.  We will send the agenda a few weeks before the meeting to those who have registered.  If you have any questions, please contact Twila Jowers at or at 850-717-4432.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 3 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Twila Jowers at or at 850-717-4432. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).