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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 00:00


zfive“She’ll grow out of it…that is just the way she is.” Those are common explanations for behavior in children –birth through five. But what if there’s more? What resources are available in Charlotte to find out?

On the third Thursday of each month a collaborative of more than 20 clinicians, researchers and others who work with children meet at the Carlton Watkins Center, the offices of Children’s Developmental Services in Charlotte. This group, known as Zfive, is a open to anyone interested.

Zfive, in their words, is, “a Community of Support for the Social & Emotional Health of Children Zero – Five.”

Infant mental health,  a relatively new area of concern in the mental health world without some of the  information and resources available to families and professionals working with older children. Zfive hopes to change that with its website, provider list,  training and mentoring opportunities for professionals, and promotion of best practices. Zfive’s goals include:

  • Reduce the stigma associated with infant mental health issues
  • Help parents become more knowledgeable about the social and emotional development of young children and where to get help
  • Provide opportunities for professionals who treat and care for very young children to learn from and network with each other

One way Zfive is making a difference in our community is with a collaborative between Youth and Family Services and the Children’s Developmental Services Agency, also known as the Carlton Watkins Center. Both are Mecklenburg County agencies; Youth and Family Services is a part of the Department of Social Services. This collaborative serves children 0-5 with substantiated abuse or neglect or who are in need of services. Together they ensure children 0-5 are getting needed emotional support.


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