Human Services / Nonprofit Sector

Investing in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

The infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) field promotes social-emotional health during the critical infant and toddler years. This interdisciplinary field addresses the foundations that support health, wellness, social, and economic outcomes for people. Across the country, state Associations for Infant Mental Health (“AIMHs”) promote opportunities to strengthen babies’ emotional health and build a workforce trained in IECMH principles and practice. With generous support from Perigee Fund, NFF partnered with the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and a cohort of eight AIMHs on a research and technical assistance project. We deepened the cohort’s understanding of their individual organizations’ financial health, developed a cohort-wide cost allocation model for endorsement/credentialing programs, and identified financial sustainability recommendations for AIMHs more broadly. 


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