MMWR on Mental, Behavioral and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood

CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published a new study today, Health-care, Family and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood – United States, 2011-2012, looking at family, community and health-care factors related to mental, behavioral and developmental disorders among children aged 2 to 8 years. To conduct this study, CDC researchers used parent-reported information from the 2011-12 National Survey of Children’s Health.  Researchers found that 1 out of 7 U.S. children aged 2 to 8 years were reported to have a diagnosed mental, behavioral or developmental disorder (MBDD). Many family, community and health-care factors were related to the children having MBDDs. These new findings highlight specific factors that national, state and local policies and programs could address through collaborative efforts.

We invite you to learn more about this study and CDC’s work to promote early childhood health and prevent mental, behavioral and developmental disorders by visiting our Key Findings site. Additional information about this data will also be presented at CDC’s upcoming Public Health Grand Rounds session (Addressing Health Disparities in Early Childhood) on Tuesday March 15th from 1:00-2:00pm ET (more details about the CDC Grand Rounds session and a post-session Friends of NCBDDD-led reaction panel is below).


CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents:

“Addressing Health Disparities in Early Childhood”

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

Global Communications Center (Building 19)

Alexander D. Langmuir Auditorium

Roybal Campus

Leaders in the field of early childhood development will discuss the impact of poverty on health disparities; the evidence for the importance of intervening in early childhood; policy and systems-level approaches to promoting optimal early childhood development; and highlight federal efforts to reduce health disparities related to early childhood poverty.

You can learn more about the speakers and how to view the live webcast on CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds website If you would like to attend in person, you will need prior clearance due to security measures; please contact the Grand Rounds Team ( to arrange to attend at CDC’s Roybal Campus.


A Reaction Panel Webinar following the presentation from 2:15-3:00pm(ET) is being offered allow participants to discuss their reaction to the presentations and foster collaboration among those working on early childhood issues. The webinar is being sponsored by the Friends of NCBDDD (National Center on Birth Defects and Development Disabilities).

To join the Friends of NCBBDD for the discussion you can register here.

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