Early childhood is a critical period of brain development that provides the foundation for future mental health and wellness. The Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) wants to ensure that Missouri’s children grow up healthy and happy – both mentally and physically.

Early relationships and experiences set the stage for how a child learns to manage his or her emotions throughout life. Through collaborative efforts with state agencies, providers and communities, DMH is working to ensure that families and other caregivers have the knowledge, access, tools, resources, and skills available to help children grow into mentally healthy individuals. The Department accomplishes this through a number of different strategies including promoting evidence-based prevention and health strategies, supporting community efforts, and increasing the competencies and skills of parents, early childhood providers, mental health providers, and other early childhood organizations.

For more information, contact Stop and Play.