IMH Resources

Infant Mental Health and Attachment Course

The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative is excited to announce that registration is open for our summer series of the Infant Mental Health and Attachment Course, a unique professional development opportunity for professionals working with young children, birth to age six, and their families in Virginia!

Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health - Addressing Suspension and Expulsion in Early Childhood Education Settings: An Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health-Informed Approach

There is a strong body of research that demonstrates the lifelong, devastating effects of early childhood education (ECE) suspension and expulsion on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as its inequitable impact on Black, Indigenous, and other people/children of color (BIPOC). Throughout the past five years, many advocates have shared research, highlighted best practices, and issued policy statements and recommendations in efforts to guide ECE leaders and policymakers in stopping this epidemic of ECE suspensions and expulsions. We encourage policymakers to review these resources in depth ([1]). Further, we feel it is imperative to point out this universal conclusion: An ECE workforce trained in infant and early childhood mental health is essential to ending ECE suspensions and expulsions. Systems are advised to bring their state’s association for infant mental health (AIMH) and representatives from the ECE workforce to the table to ensure infant and early 
childhood mental health-informed strategies and solutions.