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What is Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health?

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) is the developing capacity from birth to 6 to experience, regulate, and express emotions; to form close relationships; and to explore the environment and learn, all in the context of family, community, and cultural expectations for young children.

The Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families (Tenets)

Our work is grounded in the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families (Tenets) which serves as a compass for operationalizing our policies and practices.

Happy New Year! 

Our January newsletter is dedicated to the DC: 0-5 (Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood). This tool classifies mental health and developmental disorders in children from birth through five years old, considered in relationship to their families, culture, and communities. To learn more about DC: 0-5, please click here.


     The state of Massachusetts has been investing in bringing and implementing the DC: 0-5 across the state. With gratitude to the collective investment of MassHealth, MA Department of Public Health and Mental Health and the Boston Public Health Commission,  we now have over 200 trained professionals and 9 clinicians are trainers and available to provide training across the state.

        In an effort towards statewide coordination and capacity building in the Early Childhood Mental Health workforce, there has been multi-agency strategic action to come together to provide access to the DC: 0-5 trainings.

       With that, and the sponsorship of state partners, we will be offering several virtual trainings from January to June 2021, at minimal to no cost. These trainings consist of 10 contact hours offered in blocks.  If you are interested in participating, please fill out the form below and share with your contacts. Registration details to follow, once training dates are scheduled.


Caregiver Resource Corner

We All Need Help Sometimes

Young children are very sensitive to their caregivers’ stress and may not be able to talk about their worries and fears. During COVID-19, your young child may be showing signs of stress that you haven’t seen before. This resource offers resources to connect with on supporting your young child through times of heightened stress.


Parental Stress Line

We are living through very challenging and stressful times. It is normal to feel more stressed, anxious, overwhelmed in our personal lives and in parenting our children. Sometimes we all need someone to talk to. The Parental Stress Line offers support to anyone seeking it no matter how big or small. Trained volunteer counselors offer a way to relieve stress in an environment which is non-judgmental, in multiple languages.


What is MassAIMH Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement®?
MassAIMH Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® is a nationally recognized credential that highlights acknowledgement of specialized knowledge and expertise for professionals working with or on behalf of families with young children. To learn more, click here!


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Thank you!

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Contact Aditi Subramaniam



Massachusetts Department of Mental Health 

25 Staniford Street, Boston MA, 02118

Contact Andrea Gonçalves-Oliveira


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