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Infant Mental Health concerns the relationships that infants and young children develop with their primary attachment figure, which may be a parent or other primary caregiver.  Infant Mental Health, sometimes referred to as Infant Brain Health, has been defined as the developing capacity of the child from birth through age five to: experience, regulate, and express emotions; form close, secure and interpersonal relationships; and explore his/her environment and learn - all within the context of family, community, and cultural expectations. Infant mental health is synonymous with healthy social and emotional development (Zero to Three Infant Mental Health Task Force Steering Committee, 2001).

Promoting, supporting, and strengthening these critical early relationships is the work of professionals from many disciplines including health, human services, and education.  When these earliest relationships are positive, responsive, and predictable, the stage is set for successful learning in later development.

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FREE 6-Day IMH Home Visitor Training Series

Location: United Way, New Haven
Dates: August 22, 23, 30, Sept 6, 14, 21, 2018
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NEW PUBLICATION CT's 2018 Trauma Training Needs Assessment Executive Summary

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This Report was made possible by Connecticut's Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.

What about the babies? A plea to stop separating infants and toddlers from the parents/guardians when seeking safety at the border

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The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health has released a Position Paper on the Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Crises

Download the PDF to read the full paper and learn how the IMH and ECMH workforce can contribute to the solution to address these crises

3 Reasons Good Infant Mental Health Matters

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CT-AIMH Biennial Report is Now Available!

This report is a reflection and celebration of the accomplishments of 2015 - 2016.
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Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health

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Who We Are:

The Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health (CT-AIMH) is a professional organization that offers expertise in infant and early childhood mental health. We promote and hold a set of Competency Guidelines®, that when they are met, lead to an Endorsement in Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®.


CT-AIMH works to promote, support, and strengthen nurturing, quality relationships for infants, young children and their caregivers, within the context of family, community, and culture.

Impact Statement

It is CT-AIMH's hope that all infants and young children in Connecticut will experience nurturing, responsive care through strong relationships that ensure optimal social and emotional growth and development.

Mission Related Priorities:

(1) Increase the competency and capacity of the workforce serving infants and young children and their families.
(2) Engage increasingly and visibly in public policy advocacy.
(3) Raise public awareness of the importance of promoting the mental health and wellness of the most vulnerable young children in Connecticut.

Why Join CT-AIMH?

Infants and young children and their caregivers deserve support and services that encourage nurturing relationships. By joining CT-AIMH, together we can move forward in creating an infant/early childhood mental health system in Connecticut.

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