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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.

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.

In Our November Newsletter

This month's theme is “Take Action for Babies!” Join us & learn more about some of the ways to take action for babies, including voting for babies AND strengthening the workforce. We're also sharing our recent webinar on Early Childhood Special Education.


  November 3rd is election day, and we're empowering everyone who has not already done so to get out and vote! Your vote matters at every level, from who will be President of the United States to who will sit on your local school board. We ask you, as you use your voice in this election, to speak up for babies
This is our opportunity to be champions for babies! Learn more about how you can vote for babies at the links below.


Caregiver Resource Corner

Lunch & Learn: Accessing Early Childhood Special Education Services

This Campaign webinar covers current issues in Early Intervention and the transition from EI to early childhood special education and how to navigate barriers created by remote learning systems and COVID-19. The training articulates the current DPH and EEC policies and highlights tools developed by MHAP for Kids to track the services that young children are receiving, monitor regressions, and note any new concerns. View the webinar and its accompanying slides and resources at the link below.


Handhold is a family friendly website designed for parents of school-aged children in Massachusetts who are worried about their child’s mental health. Is your kid just being a kid, or is their behavior something to worry about? If so, what are the next steps you can take? Handhold is here to help you figure that out.


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!


MassAIMH invites applications for IECMH Endorsement® for 2021. 
Endorsement® is a professional development journey! Come join your colleagues!

If you work with or on behalf of young children (0-6 years of age) and their families, please complete this short survey to state your interest. 

We're looking specifically for Infant Family Associates and Infant Family Specialists working in promotion and prevention with families and young children birth to three. Learn more about these two categories of Endorsement® by clicking on the images below.


The Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s Hospital (PPOC) is offering a DC 0-5 (the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood) training to their medical home Behavioral Health clinicians as a strategy to support the youngest children and caregivers.

The DC: 0-5 is a diagnostic manual for children ages birth through 5 years that is developmentally focused, culturally humble and relationally centered, developed and published by ZERO TO THREE. 

We will be focusing more on this tool in our next newsletter. Stay tuned and subscribe!

EEC has partnered with the Pyramid Model Consortium to offer a series of ePyramid online trainings, through the StrongStart Online Professional Development System, that will provide educators with strategies to support their own social and emotional wellness as well as the children and families they serve. Each ePyramid package consists of 15 hours of content, divided into three modules. Log into the StrongStart Online Professional Development System to access the ePyramid modules.

If you are an ECE program you have to enter a PQR number; If you are not an ECE program use code 1111 to access courses. This is only for Massachusetts residents.

Endorsement is good for babies! The prenatal and zero-to-six workforce needs and deserves specialized support; Endorsement® ensures that the professionals serving the most vulnerable are equipped with the culturally-responsive and reflective skills to promote early relational health making life better for babies and their families.

The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to share the Prenatal through Young Adulthood Family Engagement Framework for Massachusetts.

The framework was developed collaboratively with 11 state agencies representing both the Education Secretariat and the Health and Human Services Secretariat; as such, the framework is written to serve as a general roadmap to family engagement for practitioners in the education, health and human services sectors.


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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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