The New York City Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC)

Enriching and Advancing the Practice of Early Childhood Mental Health

Who We Are

The Training and Technical Assistance Center provides specialized training and technical assistance for the many types of professionals who work with young children, expanding New York’s capacity to promote positive mental health in the early years.

A robust body of interdisciplinary research converges to show that healthy social emotional development in the first five years is a key foundation for children’s later success in childhood and throughout life, and, that when problems emerge, it is easier, and far more effective, to address them when children are young.   

TTAC strives to equip licensed mental health clinics, early care and education settings, and practitioners in all child serving systems with the knowledge and tools they need to support the healthy social emotional development of New York’s youngest children. 

TTAC combines the expertise of the New York Center for Child Development and the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU.

New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD) is a leading provider of childhood mental health services in New York. NYCCD builds on decades of direct practice experience and research initiatives to create high-impact trainings, advocate for better policies, and shape best practices in the field of early childhood mental health.

NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research supports behavioral healthcare providers to transform systems, enhance business processes, and improve clinical care.

Together, we provide strong and individualized support to seven community-based clinics across all five boroughs of New York City ensuring that families can access early mental health services when needed. In related training initiatives, we equip practitioners in licensed mental health clinics, early care and education settings, and other child/family- serving systems to support the healthy social emotional development of New York’s youngest children. Our exemplary trainings offer the latest research and best practices in infant and early childhood mental health to expand knowledge across a range of skill levels and to advance practice.

The Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) is funded by ThriveNYC in partnership with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

What We Offer

TTAC offers in-person and web-based trainings, posts archived webinars, and curates a range of resource materials for professionals who work with children age birth through five. We focus on topics covering: 

Foundational Capacities to Advanced Competencies.

TTAC offers a range of trainings designed to meet the needs of entry level professionals to advanced practitioners. All trainings share a common aim to expand knowledge and advance competencies needed to promote optimal infant and early childhood development and mental health.  TTAC is also able to customize trainings to specific organizational needs. 

Evidence-based practices.

TTAC has a commitment to train practitioners in methodologies backed by scientific research and evidence demonstrating that they are effective. TTAC offers training and supports learning collaboratives for the seven licensed mental health clinics in our network in evidence-based practices such as Child Parent Psychotherapy, Triple P, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

Trauma-informed practice.

Serious adversity can affect children’s social-emotional health. Traumatic experiences – such as witnessing violence or experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one – can impact the brain, changing behavior and altering emotions. It’s important for professionals who work with children to understand how serious adversity may affect a child’s learning and behavior, so they can identify concerns early and respond to them in a sensitive, supportive and therapeutic way. 

Mental Health Consultation Services.

The settings in which children spend time, and the relationships they have with their caregiving adults, can promote their healthy social emotional development as well as learning. Caregiving adults are also powerful agents for repair, remediation and growth when children have adjustment or behavior problems.  Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation brings support, guidance, and collaboration to preschool programs, teachers, childcare staff and parents so that children’s group settings, and their important adults, become sources of positive change.  TTAC provides training and learning collaboratives in Early Childhood. Mental Health Consultation for clinicians and consultants in the Early Childhood Treatment Network.    

How You Can Become Involved

Our Team

TTAC is overseen by the New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD) in collaboration with the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. NYCCD has been a major provider of early childhood mental health services with expertise in informing policy and supporting the field of early childhood mental health through training and direct practice. McSilver provides clinic, business and system transformation supports statewide to all behavioral health providers in New York State. Together, we form a strong partnership in supporting the field of early childhood mental health combining strong clinical expertise and solid business acumen to build the capacities and competencies of those working with young children and supporting the programs who serve them.