CT-AIMH is piloting an Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® (ECMH-E®).
The ECMH-E® is meant to provide a path to Endorsement® for professionals who are promoting and implementing infant and early childhood mental health principles in their work with or on behalf of children ages 3 up to 6 years old and their families. ECMH-E® is built upon the existing Infant Mental Health Endorsement®(IMH-E®) structure
You may wonder how the ECMH-E® criteria was created. A workgroup of IMH-E® endorsed professionals with experience across diverse early childhood practice settings including early intervention, early childhood education, Head Start, early childhood mental health consultation,and early childhood mental health practice were convened over a course of several months to come to agreement for the new criteria. Workgroup participants came from Alaska, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Washington. Later, other national experts weighed in on the final draft.
In 2019, CT-AIMH will be able to offer both Infant Mental Health Endorsement® (IMH-E®) and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® (ECMH-E®).
Read the New Issue Brief from CHDI: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Building a Statewide System for Professional Endorsement