Articles of Interest

To keep you informed of ongoing studies and research in the area of early child development, we are building an online library of articles. We will continue to grow our library but if you have or are familiar with articles that would be useful to others in the field, click Suggestions to submit article suggestions.

Zero to Three newsletter from January 9, 2019 

Articles that demonstrate the correlation between maternal ACEs and development delay.

Maternal ACEs and infant development 

Paternal ACEs and Offspring Development at 2 years of age

Click the link below for a Focus article on the 2014 National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, "Ghosts from the Nursery".

Ghosts from the Nursery.doc

Click the links below for informative articles from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

Excessive Stress.pdf

Persistent Fear and Anxiety.pdf

Click the links below for articles from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network on Early Childhood Traumua, Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency, Child-Parent Psychotherapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

Early Childhood Trauma NCTSN.pdf




Click here for an informative Community Action Guide from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  SAMHSA supports infants, toddlers, and families impacted by caregiver mental health problems, substance abuse, and trauma.


A Research Synthesis on Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation has been published by The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Living (CSEFEL).  To view the Research Synthesis click here.

Leslie Fanning, a master level student, is looking for families with young children (up to age 8) who have been diagnosed with bipolar illness who would be willing to participate in her graduate study, “Symptom Presentation of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: A Case Study to Improve Educational Understanding and Supports.” The goal of the study is to provide information that will improve outcomes for young children. The study provides some compensation to participating parents and teachers. Please take a moment to read the attached letter, and pass it on to other professionals or families who may be appropriate.

Click here for attached letter.


The National Center for Children in Poverty published a great article on Building Strong Systems of Support for Young Children's Mental Health.  Click here to view: /manager/external/ckfinder/userfiles/files/ECMH.pdf

The Child Welfare Information Gateway produced an informative issue brief in November 2009 on Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development.  Click here to view the issue.

Click here to view the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Tool Kit compiled by Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health, Johns Hopkins University Women's and Children's Health Policy Center and Portland State University Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health.

For a great article from Jack Shonkoff, "Protecting Brains, Not Simply Stimulating Minds", click here!

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center recently released a policy brief entitled Toward a Bright Future for Our Youngest Children: Building a Strong Infant-Toddler Workforce. The paper focuses on strengthening systems that support professional development for the multidisciplinary infant-toddler workforce. The brief summarizes related research and the policy context.

Ten recommendations are offered to ensure that policymakers invest in comprehensive, integrated professional development systems for those who work with infants, toddlers, and their families. It is available on the ZERO TO THREE website at

Click here for an article from the National Center for Children in Poverty from January 2011.  The article, "Who Are America's Poor Children?" focuses on examining health disparities among children in the United States.

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has released a new online video, entitled InBrief: The Foundations of Lifelong Health, which explains why a vital and productive society with a prosperous and sustainable future is built on a foundation of healthy child development.  It provides a consise summary of findings from the report, The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood (2010), co-authored by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs.  The video and an accompanying written brief are available here.

The Science of Early Child Development is a brief regarding early childhood brain development from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University. An easy read, it is not difficult to understand the basics of brain development and how stress can be toxic to the developing brain.

To read or download the article, click The Science of Early Child Development.

For more information, see “The Science of Early Childhood Development” and the Working Paper series from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child at

Also from the InBrief Series:

  • The Impact of Early Adversity on Children’s Development
  • Early Childhood Program Effectiveness

From the National Center on Children and Poverty, the brief Social-emotional Development in Early Childhood: What Every Policymaker Should Know by Janice L. Cooper, Rachel Masi, and Jessica Vick (August 2009) outlines the risks faced by young children with social, emotional, and behavioral problems, as well as barriers to eligibility, access to services, and service utilization.

To read or download the article, click Social-emotional Development in Early Childhood: What Every Policymaker Should Know.

From Project Thrive (Issue Brief No. 2), Reducing Maternal Depression and Its Impact on Young Children Toward a Responsive Early Childhood Policy Framework by Jane Knitzer, Suzanne Theberge, and Kay Johnson (January 2008) is an article on maternal depression and its impact on young children’s healthy development and school readiness.

To read or download the article, click Reducing Maternal Depression and Its Impact on Young Children Toward a Responsive Early Childhood Policy Framework.

This brief is from the Urban Institute, August 2010. It’s about infants of depressed mothers who live in poverty. It discusses access to services, and parenting approaches for infants whose mothers are depressed. It finds that even though depression is treatable, many depressed mothers do not receive care.

To read or download the article, click Infants of Depressed Mothers Living in Poverty: Opportunities to Identify and Serve.

An article from The New York Times, August 2010 by Pamela Paul discusses the possibility of diagnosing depression, a primarily grown-up affliction, on young children.

To read or download the article, click Can Preschoolers Be Depressed?

From the National Center for Children in Poverty, a report from September 2009 on Promoting Social-Emotional Wellbeing in Early Intervention Services

An article from Johnsons Baby on getting your baby to sleep better using a clinically proven 3-step before-bed routine.

To read or download article, click Getting Baby to Sleep Better.

Several articles regarding the Still Face Paradigm.  (The Still Face Paradigm, designed by Edward Tronick, is an experimental procedure for studying infant social and emotional development. During the experiment, an infant and a parent interact playfully before the parent suddenly stops responding and looks away. After a short period, the parent reengages with the infant. The infant’s reaction to a suddenly unresponsive parent and his or her behavior when the parent resumes interaction, have been used to study many aspects of early social and emotional development).  The first article, Maternal Representations of the Infant: Associations with Infant Response to the Still Face, is from Child Development July/August 2002, Volume 73, Number 4, Pages 999-1015.  The second and third articles, Still-face and Separation Effects on Depressed Mother-Infant Interactions and The Role of Maternal Responsiveness in Predicting Infant Affect During The Still Face Paradigm with Infants Born Very Low Birth Weight, are from the Infant Mental Health Journal Vol. 28(3), 314-323 (2007) and Vol. 29(2), 114-132 (2008) respectively. 

To read or download the articles, click links below -

Maternal Representations... 

Still-face and Separation Effects...

The Role of Maternal Responsiveness...



Here are three informative articles regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

To read or download the articles, click links below -

Evidence-based Practices ASD

ASD and Part C

Early Identification and Evaluation for Young Children with ASD