The purpose of the California Association for Infant Mental Health (CalAIMH), launched at the Zero to Three conference in 2017, is to bring together as a common voice organizations and individuals who promote caregiver-child relational approaches to both prevent and heal adversity in young children prenatally to five. The mission is to bridge and connect a transdisciplinary, relationally-informed community across California that collaborates and advocates on behalf of children and families prenatally to age five. The Infant Development Association is partnering with the CalAIMH as the fiscal sponsor. The California Center for Infant Family and Early Childhood Mental Health continues to provide endorsement for infant-family and early childhood professionals based on the California Compendium of Training Guidelines, Personnel Competencies, and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Mental Health. Many of the members of the leadership team of The California Center for Infant Family and Early Childhood Mental Health helped to form the CalAIMH. For more information about how you can be involved visit the CalAIMH website.Resource Added: Jan 2018
Infant & Early Mental Health Intiatives
This area of the website includes information about infant and early mental health initiatives in California, organizations promoting infant and early mental health and research on brain development.
The California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health assists policymakers, funders and organizations to design and implement high-quality practices that promote the healthy social and emotional development of children under the age of five.
- The California Compendium of Training Guidelines, Personnel Competencies and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (PDF) features additional detail and clarification regarding the endorsement process and categories. Additions include charts contrasting all the endorsement categories and clarification on what’s involved in becoming a Reflective Practice Mentor. (Revised 2016)
- The Irving Harris Foundation’s Diversity-Informed Infant Mental Health Tenets (Tenets) is a framework developed specifically for the infant/family workforce created collaboratively by a group of infant mental health workers through a project of the foundation. The original Tenets article notes that in order “to create a just and equitable society for the infants and toddlers with whom its members work, the infant mental health field must intentionally address some of the racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and other inequities embedded in society” (St. John, Thomas, & Noroña, 2012).
The Central California Children’s Institute developed and implemented a multi-county, multidisciplinary training program for professionals already working with families with young children.Resource Added: Mar 2015
The Central California Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative is dedicated to diminishing the silent epidemic of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum. Through education and outreach, we work to raise awareness about how to recognize signs of depression and anxiety in women and then find local resources to help cultivate a circle of support for women suffering from this condition.Resource Added: Mar 2015
To connect and strengthen services, supports, environments and policies across systems in Alameda County to promote well being of young children birth to five experiencing — or at significant risk — for social, emotional, behavioral and developmental concerns, and their families throughout life.Resource Added: Sep 2016
Help Me Grow is a system that connects at-risk children with the services they need. HMG is an efficient and effective system — with a proven track record — that assists states in identifying at-risk children, then helps families find community-based programs and services.
HMG does not provide direct services. Rather, it is a system for improving access to existing resources and services for children through age eight. Over 25 states are implementing Help Me Grow, including California. Currently, nine California counties are affiliates of Help Me Grow National: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Orange, Solano, and Ventura. Many other counties in California are part of the Help Me Grow Learning Community that are in the process of developing the components of the Help Me Grow system. For more information contact Patsy Hampton at email@example.com.Resource Added: Sep 2016
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Sacramento, CA 95818-9550
The Infant Development Association of California (IDA) is a multidisciplinary organization of parents and professionals committed to optimal developmental and positive social and emotional outcomes for infants, birth to three, with a broad range of special needs and their families. IDA advocates improved, effective prevention and early intervention services while providing information, education, and training to parents, professionals, decision makers, and others.
- Select link to show Infant Development Association of California Resources
- Public Policy
The public policy committee keeps the organization informed about and involved in the public policies and analyzes pressing policy issues related to laws and regulations, communicates key findings and program performance results, and makes recommendations to the organization for appropriate actions in the form of strategies to ensure quality outcomes.
- Webinars on the social and emotional development of young children
Training & Technical Assistance
- IDA/MAP Webinar Series
“Ideas Worthy of Replication,” hosted by the Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Quality Committee of the Infant Development Association and co-sponsored by the Infant Development Association and the MAP to Inclusion and Belonging Project of WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies. The goals of this webinar series are to bring attention to quality trainings and programs rooted in the concepts and knowledge areas of the California Competencies documents including:
- IDA/MAP Webinar Series Recordings
This series will inspire others to develop similar programs or training to make them more accessible to others throughout the state. Each recording last just under an hour.
- Public Policy
The passage of Proposition 63 (now known as the Mental Health Services Act or MHSA (PDF)) in November 2004 provides an opportunity for the California Department of Mental Health (DMH) to provide increased funding, personnel and other resources to support county mental health programs and monitor progress toward statewide goals for children, transition age youth, adults, older adults and families. The Act addresses a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention and service needs and the necessary infrastructure, technology and training elements that will effectively support this system.Resource Added: Mar 2015
Project ABC (Los Angeles County) is designed to create a system of care for young children who are in need of mental health services in the Los Angeles area. Our goal is ensure that children birth to five years have access to mental health services that are family-centered, strength-based, and culturally competent. Families are the focus of our efforts and are key partners in everything we do. Parents are responsible for ensuring the family voice is the driving force in the treatment of children with emotional and behavioral problems. Family voice and choice is essential to obtaining the best care for our children. Site includes resources for parents, caregivers, professionals and includes tip sheets, video and radio.
Project Connect NBRC is a three-year project that focuses on mental health and wellness of young children (birth-five years old). The project, supported through funds from the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) from the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), is specifically intended to identify and address critical need areas within Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties. The aim of the project is to promote the development of an inter-organizational system of coordinated, culturally appropriate infant-family and early childhood mental health services that support young children’s social-emotional health and well-being in these three counties.Resource Added: Mar 2015
Nationwide, grantees are pioneering new ways to promote young child wellness through Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), a federal initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The population of focus is children ages birth to 8. The goal is for all children to enter school with the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills they need to succeed. Over five years, Project LAUNCH grantees work to increase the quality and availability of evidence-based programs for children and families, build infrastructure, and improve coordination across child-serving systems. All Project LAUNCH grantees are expected to demonstrate local policy and practice improvements that can be sustained across the state, tribe, or territory.
- A November 2016 publication, Implementation of Young Child Wellness Strategies in a Unique Cohort of Local Communities, describes the innovative, community-level strategies used by six grantees used to improve outcomes for children, families and communities, and shares their lessons learned as they sought to bring policy and practice improvements to scale, enhance infrastructure, and implement direct services. The e-Book is rich with creative approaches, lessons learned, and illustrative data from communities that can inform future early childhood efforts both within and outside of the LAUNCH community.
The Statewide Screening Collaborative (SSC) is an interagency and multidisciplinary group formed to enhance the capacity of the state to promote and deliver effective and well-coordinated health, developmental, and early mental health screenings throughout California. The SSC works to identify and address service gaps by improving the synergies among state programs involved in recognition and response activities and adopting a common language, standard tools and screening protocols for families and children that affect healthy childhood development.