“Early childhood mental health actually sets the foundation for all learning and development.”

- Dr. Trasie Topple, Founder, IECMH Services of Georgia 

When most of us consider infant and toddler care, we think of pediatrician check-ups, immunizations, and vision and hearing screenings. But mental health for infants and toddlers is a foreign concept for many caretakers, educators, and even clinicians. Yet a growing body of research indicates that babies do have mental health—and it’s a critical springboard into a life of well-being. That’s why GEEARS has spent the last three years advocating for mental health supports for every baby in Georgia. We’ve seen significant results.  

Watch this video to learn about IECMH. Hear about the policy advances that GEEARS and its partners have achieved on behalf of Georgia’s youngest children. And learn what you can do to help launch the next generation of babies into a healthy and successful future. 

“Georgia will certainly benefit from the advocacy work that has been done because our children will be healthy…and be able to relate with their peers as well as thrive and grow in the future”

– Kathy Brown Bragg, Director, IECMH Services, CHRIS 180


“Infants, toddlers, and young children—they have mental health just like adults do. It’s not a scary thing. It’s part of normal development.”

—Amy Jacobs, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

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