Early Care & Education

Being infant mental health informed means using knowledge, skills and reflective experiences to guide our work with infants, toddlers, and families.

In early care and education, this means understanding:

  • That an important role of the service provider is to work with and support family members in the infant and very young child’s life
  • The importance of offering environments and experiences that enhance social & emotional development and readiness to learn
  • The culture and community in which the family is raising the infant/toddler


Suggested resources for IMH-informed early care and education professionals:


Baby Stages

Birth to 3 years


Preschool Stages

2-5 years


Rolling into Fatherhood:

A Dad’s Guide to Fun with Your Baby


Relationships First:

Training Companion for Baby Stages

Interested in Endorsement®?

If you serve infants, toddlers (0-36 months) and their families, you can apply for Endorsement® as an Infant Family Associate.

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MI-AIMH offers a professional home for IMH-informed early care and education professionals.

Become a MI-AIMH member and plug-in to a network of over 1,000 professionals who also care about the well-being of babies and families.

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