Please see the Statement below from the Irving Harris Foundation, a founding partner of the Educare Learning Network. For over 20 years, the Harris Professional Development Network (PDN), an international consortium of leading professionals in infant and early childhood mental health, has been dedicated to training providers, transforming child and family serving systems, and informing and influencing policy. This statement is a reflection of the Harris PDN’s collective voice regarding the separation of children from their families and what is needed to mitigate the harmful effects moving forward.
As the operating partner of Educare New Orleans and one of Louisiana’s preeminent providers of early childhood development and education for infants, toddlers and preschool aged children and their families, Kingsley House shares these concerns. Knowing the deleterious effects of severe trauma to children’s social, behavioral, physical and mental health, we urge our nation’s leadership to follow the Harris Professional Development Network’s well-informed recommendations.