What is IECMH?

During the first five years children develop a fundamental sense of themselves and their worlds. As they learn to experience, express and regulate emotions, form close relationships, and explore and learn from the environment, we say they are thriving according to the principles of infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH).

IECMH promotes diversity-informed practice across research, clinical work, and policy to provide caregivers and babies with the best possible start.

IECMH professionals come from a variety of training backgrounds and include early interventionists, educators, mental health counselors, midwives and doulas, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, social workers, and speech language pathologists.