WHAT: “Little Builders Community Carnival” is a family/community-building event designed to give caregivers, care providers, professionals and other community members who parent or work with children 0-5 years, ways to strengthen the adult/child relationship.   The event supports efforts of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and increase awareness of the importance of building strong systems of care to meet young children’s mental health needs. 

WHEN/WHERE:  Sat., May 10, 2014, Martin Luther King Park, 1950 Lemon St., Long Beach, CA 90806
10 AM – Noon: “Building Time”: Teams of adults and children, birth to 5, build carnival games using recycled materials and games will be played at the Carnival. Noon – 2 PM: Community Carnival

WHO: “Little Builders Community Carnival” is co-hosted by Project ABC—About Building Connections for Young Children and their Families, a SAMHSA-funded partnership. This event was organized with the collaboration of the Los Angeles County Departments of Mental Health, and Children and Family Services; Children’s Institute, Inc., For The Child, Pacific Asian Counseling Services, Ties for Families, and the University of Southern California.  Event partners also include: First 5 LA and Best Start LA, Long Beach Early Literacy, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City Councilmember Dee Andrews, Childnet, and many other organizations and individual community members committed to improving access to resources and the overall well-being and health of young children.

WHY: Being a parent or guardian is one of life’s most demanding roles. In the past decade, much has been learned about early childhood needs and ways to strengthen the relationships between adults and children to promote healthy social and emotional development.  According to SAMHSA, young children exposed to five or more significant adversities in the first three years of childhood face a 76 percent likelihood of having one or more delays in their cognitive, language or emotional development.  Those who care for young children—and particularly children with emotional or behavior problems—face serious challenges. Reaching out to families and caregivers in places they go everyday—such as recreational centers, medical facilities, and preschools—helps them learn about and access the services their children need more easily.

Visuals: Families participating in fun, creative games that strengthen attachment with children through art, play and other innovative activities.

Project ABC is designed to create a system of care for young children who are in need of mental health services in the Los Angeles area. The project is a collaboration of Children’s Institute, For the Child, the Los Angeles County Departments of Mental Health, and Children and Family Services, Pacific Asian Counseling Services, Ties for Families, and the University of Southern California. For more information, visit www.projectabc-la.org      



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