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 home visitor, being “informed in infant and early childhood mental health” means understanding:

  • Infant/very young child development & behavior to guide a family’s expectations and to help them support what is coming next for their baby.
  • Attachment, separation, trauma, grief & loss to encourage what is going well and respond with empathy to what might not be going well.
  • A relationship-based approach to offer meaningful support.
  • The culture and community in which the family is raising the infant/toddler.

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