Being infant and early childhood mental health informed means using knowledge, skills and reflective experiences to guide our work with infants, toddlers, and families, regardless of our formal role or relationship to children and families.

As an early intervention provider, being “informed in infant and early childhood mental health” means understanding:

  • That infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts.
  • Which assessment and intervention practices can build upon the very young child’s primary relationships, which are foundational for healthy development in all domains.
  • 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.

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Information retrieved from Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) at