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23 Empire Dr., Suite 1000
St. Paul, MN 55103

Phone:  651-644-7333


Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) focuses on the health and well-being of children ages 0-3 years, and their families. The collaborative, multidisciplinary Faculty Symposia on Embedding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Principles into Curricula provides faculty with IECMH core principles, tools, and exercises to embed in coursework, building the capacity of new practitioners to be better able to meet the unique relational and developmental needs of very young children, their families, and caregivers.

When faculty can provide multidisciplinary opportunities for students, these future professionals are able to better collaborate across disciplines, thus positively impacting our most vulnerable families and children.


What is Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health?

We define infant and early childhood mental health as developing capacity of the child from birth to age 3 to:

  • Experience, regulate and express emotions
  • Form close and secure interpersonal relationships
  • Explore the environment and learn...

...all in the context of family, community, and cultural expectations for young children. Infant and early childhood mental health is synonymous with healthy social and emotional development.

“I think what really happened over the past two days highlights the importance of working across disciplines to support parents and families...I think MN is a great place to continue to grow in the field of infant mental health, and this group is really core to continuing that effort as we prepare future practitioners in multiple disciplines.” – Symposium Attendee