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Improving Children’s Behavioral Health
Learn what CDC is doing about gaps in behavioral treatment for children.
(Published: May 4, 2015)

Newborn Screening is Important for Your Baby
Soon after birth, babies born in the United States are checked for certain medical conditions.
(Published: September 14, 2014)

What’s happening in children’s mental health?
Learn how CDC and other federal agencies and partners work to improve the mental health of US children.
(Published: May 5, 2014)

Children’s Mental Health: New Report
A new report describes, for the first time, federal activities that track U.S. children’s mental disorders.
(Published: May 17, 2013)

Key Findings: Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood.
Learn about family, community and health-care factors related to children’s mental, behavioral or developmental disorder
(Published: March 10, 2016)

Key Findings
Reassessing the approach of the Learn the Signs. Act Early. campaign.
(Published: November 18, 2015)

Key Findings
Only 1 in 5 parents say their child received a developmental screen.
(Published September 10, 2014)

Key Findings
Behavioral and Socioemotional Outcomes Through Age 5 of the Legacy for Children™ Public Health Approach to Improving Developmental Outcomes among Children Born into Poverty.
(Published: April 18, 2013)

Scientific Articles

* These CDC scientific articles are listed in order of date published

Boy sitting on the top of stacked booksHealth-care, Family, and Community Factors associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood - United States, 2011-2012.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2016 Mar 11; ; 65(9);221–226
Bitsko, RH, Holbrook, JR, Kaminski, J, Robinson, LR, Ghandour, R, Smith, C, Peacock, G. MMWR.
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Cost-effectiveness of Legacy for ChildrenTM for Reducing Behavioral Problems and Risk for ADHD among Children Living in Poverty  
Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior, 2015, 3:5
http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2375-4494.1000240
Phaedra S. Corso, Susanna N. Visser, Justin B. Ingels, Ruth Perou
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Components Associated With Home Visiting Program Outcomes: A Meta-analysis
Pediatrics Vol. 132 No. Supplement 2 November 1, 2013 Jill H. Filene, Jennifer W. Kaminski, Linda Anne Valle, Patrice Cachat.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mental Health Surveillance Among Children, United States 2005–2011
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2013;62(Suppl; May 16, 2013):1-35.
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Behavioral and Socioemotional Outcomes through Age 5 of the Legacy for Children™ Public Health Approach to Improving Developmental Outcomes among Children Born into Poverty
American Journal of Public Health, 2013;103:1058–1066. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300996.
Jennifer W. Kaminski, Ruth Perou, Susanna N. Visser, Keith G. Scott, Leila H. Beckwith, Judy Howard, D. Camille Smith, Melissa L. Danielson
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Legacy for Children™: A Pair of Randomized Controlled Trials of a Public Health Model to Improve Developmental Outcomes among Children in Poverty
BMC Public Health 2012, 12:691 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-691
Ruth Perou, Marc N. Elliott, Susanna N. Visser, Angelika H. Claussen, Keith G. Scott, Leila H. Beckwith, Judy Howard, Lynne F. Katz, D. Camille Smith
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Does childhood disability increase risk for child abuse and neglect?
Rebecca T. Leeb, Rebecca H. Bitsko, Melissa T. Merrick, Brian S. Armour.
Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 2012;5(1):4-31.
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