The IAIECMH strives to promote optimal social, emotional development of infants, young children and their families by fostering a competent workforce which values nurturing child/caregiver relationships and promotes community awareness of the importance of early childhood development.
All children will experience nurturing relationships and social and emotional supports to reach their full potential.
The last three decades have produced significant research linking relationships, environments and experiences in early childhood with brain development, physical health and social, emotional and behavioral wellbeing across the lifespan. This research has resulted in a paradigm shift that changes the question from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” Research findings suggest that, by supporting young children and their families, we can actually promote strong families and nurture healthy mental development.
The Iowa Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IAIECMH) was formed in June, 2013, by professionals in a variety of settings (mental health, education, private practice, state government, and advocacy groups). This group shares a desire to collect and disseminate information about current research, training opportunities, best practices, funding, and policies to inform the system for children’s mental health. The IAIECMH serves as a hub to bring parents, practitioners, educators, and policymakers together to improve the health and wellbeing of Iowa’s children.