SCIMHA is a multidisciplinary association of professionals working to promote nurturing relationships for South Carolina’s infants, young children and their families through resources, policies and practices to foster positive mental health and well-being.
What exactly does infant and early childhood mental health mean?
"Babies are hardwired to develop strong, emotional connections, or attachment, with their primary caregivers. The ability to attach to a significant adult allows young children to become trusting, confident, and capable of regulating stress and distress. The most important part of attachment is the quality of attachment formed, as it predicts later development. Ideally, children develop secure attachment (a healthy emotional bond) with caregivers. An infant who develops secure attachment with a primary caregiver during the early years of life is more likely to have positive relationships with peers, be liked by his/her teachers, perform better in school, and respond with resilience in the face of adversity as a preschooler and older child." ~ZERO TO THREE
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.