When members of the Early Childhood Mental Health Task force began meeting in the fall of 2001 we reviewed the requirements to become an affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health. We also looked at how other states became organized for promoting infant/early childhood mental health. Our by-laws were the first formal document we produced in 2004 and guided our process as we worked to become a non-profit organization with a 501c3 status in March 2009. download PDF
The CT Association for Infant Mental Health has developed a strategic plan that will guide the Association in its advocacy and promotional activities for the next few years. Please share with us comments and feedback that you believe will help us move our goals forward. Those goals are:
Promote Awareness of Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health. Promotion activities will increase awareness and support for infant/early childhood mental health in Connecticut.
Promote the Use of Relationship-Based Practices* throughout the Infant/Early Childhood Communities.
All children should receive periodic screening for social/emotional wellness and psycho-social risk, but especially those families at greatest risk for poor developmental outcomes, including families experiencing maternal depression, substance use, domestic violence, and homelessness.
*Relationship-Based practice values early developing relationships between caregivers and young children as the foundation for optimal growth and development; directs all services to nurture early developing relationships within families; values the working relationship between parents and professionals as the instrument for therapeutic change; values all relationship experiences, past and present, as significant to one’s capacity to nurture and support others.
Increase the Capacity of the Infant/Early Childhood Workforce to Meet the Social and Emotional Needs of Young Children and Their Families.
A competent workforce is critical to promoting emotional health preventing problems from emerging, and intervening with infants and young children and their families who are experiencing social-emotional challenges.
Expand and Optimize Funding for Treatment of Social-Emotional and Relationship- Focused Needs of Young Children and Their Families Diverse funding streams must be utilized to meet the current need and increase the capacity to fund infant/early childhood mental health services.
Develop a System to Evaluate the Impact of Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Services Ongoing evaluation is essential not only to assure sponsors that their support is having a positive effect, but also as a tool for improving infant/early childhood mental health services over time.