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 a healthcare provider, being “informed in infant and early childhood mental health” means:

  • Providing comprehensive, compassionate, culturally effective care that integrates behavioral health and relationship needs of infants, toddlers, and parents when either one presents for service.
  • Offering preventive care that systematically screens for parental depression, signs of toxic stress, and developmental milestones.
  • Providing bridges to services that are offered within a relationship-based context when indicated.

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