caught up with some of the world's leading experts on childhood mental health at the Expanding Horizons for the Early Years conference, organized by Infant Mental Health Promotion at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Nancy Cohen, the Director of Research at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre and Gail Appel Institute was there to talk about her program "Handle with Care: Strategies for Promoting the Mental Health of Young Children in Community-Based Child Care."

This program reaches parents and caregivers from communities that are at risk for mental health problems, such as isolated communites, First Nations communities and priority neighbourhoods. It teaches parents simple things they can do to improve the bond with their children and nurture good mental health.

Below, Nancy Cohen describes the program and some of the reasons such programs are needed.



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