Infant Mental Health concerns the relationships that infants and young children develop with their primary attachment figure, which may be a parent or other primary caregiver. Infant Mental Health, sometimes referred to as Infant Brain Health, has been defined as the developing capacity of the child from birth through age five to: experience, regulate, and express emotions; form close, secure and interpersonal relationships; and explore his/her environment and learn - all within the context of family, community, and cultural expectations. Infant mental health is synonymous with healthy social and emotional development (Zero to Three Infant Mental Health Task Force Steering Committee, 2001).
Promoting, supporting, and strengthening these critical early relationships is the work of professionals from many disciplines including health, human services, and education. When these earliest relationships are positive, responsive, and predictable, the stage is set for successful learning in later development.
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Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health
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The Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health (CT-AIMH) is a professional organization that offers expertise in infant and early childhood mental health. We promote and hold a set of Competency Guidelines®, that when they are met, lead to an Endorsement in Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®.
CT-AIMH works to promote, support, and strengthen nurturing, quality relationships for infants, young children and their caregivers, within the context of family, community, and culture.
It is CT-AIMH's hope that all infants and young children in Connecticut will experience nurturing, responsive care through strong relationships that ensure optimal social and emotional growth and development.
(1) Increase the competency and capacity of the workforce serving infants and young children and their families.
(2) Engage increasingly and visibly in public policy advocacy.
(3) Raise public awareness of the importance of promoting the mental health and wellness of the most vulnerable young children in Connecticut.
Infants and young children and their caregivers deserve support and services that encourage nurturing relationships. By joining CT-AIMH, together we can move forward in creating an infant/early childhood mental health system in Connecticut.