Health and Wellness: Mental Health

Infant and early childhood mental health is synonymous with social and emotional development of young children and is formed within the context of the child’s relationships.

It involves skills such as self-confidence, curiosity, motivation, persistence and self control which affect growth, trust and future learning. All of these skills have their roots in infancy and rely on secure, healthy, sensitive and consistent relationships with primary caregivers. Therefore, the bond between parent and child is one of central importance.


Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health (WIAIMH)

WIAIMH is focused on promoting the healthy social and emotional development of all Wisconsin children from birth through age five. The Wisconsin Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Plan presents a blueprint for a comprehensive system of care that includes prevention, early intervention, and treatment

WI Pyramid Model

Pyramid Model is an evidence based prevention/intervention framework that prevents challenging behaviors and promotes healthy social and emotional development by supporting positive relationships, creating engaging environments, providing concrete teaching strategies, and if/when needed creating individualized interventions for children

Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program

The UW-IECFCC is an intensive, interdisciplinary, 1 or 2 year academic program for practicing professionals from the disciplines of mental health, health, social services and education who work with families in the prenatal and postpartum periods and with children ages birth through 5 years. Following a cohort model, the students who complete this onsite, face-to-face, professional development program will gain an enhanced understanding of parent, infant and early childhood mental health and new skills to support the social and emotional development and well-being of young children in the context of their family/caregiver relationships.

WI Alliance for Infant Mental Health Endorsement

Endorsement in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is a verifiable process that recognizes that knowledge and training among professionals across disciplines. The endorsement is within an organized system of culturally sensitive, relationship-focused learning and work experiences that promote infant mental health.

It is not a license or certification, but instead is an overlay onto person's professional credentials that recognizes achievement of knowledge and training in the area of infant and early childhood mental health. It is process that is not exclusive to any one discipline. It is relevant for child care professionals, home visitors, medical providers, child welfare, mental health clinicians, policymakers, researchers.

Updated 1/26/2017