Focus Areas


Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health

Ensuring pregnant and birthing people, infants, toddlers, families and caregivers have equitable access to care and resources supporting their social-emotional and mental health and well-being.

The Challenge

Start Early

Community wisdom and research show that for very young children to thrive, we must acknowledge and seek to address the historical and intentional harm done to Black and Brown bodies and the impacts those wrongs have had on the mental, physical, and emotional health of the caregivers and communities in which the youngest children live.

Our Approach

Irving Harris Foundation believes that to eradicate the  staggering level of disparities in BIPOC communities, we must address systemic harms and increase investment in models that are innovating around more caring and less punitive support. The Infant Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) program invests in grassroots mental health, maternal and paternal mental health, and birth justice interventions that are shifting power, resources, and systems so that all pregnant and birthing people, infants, toddlers, families, caregivers, and communities can thrive.