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. SCIMHA promotes uniform and nationally recognized competencies and standards to ensure that individuals supporting young children are trained in up-to-date science of child development, infant mental health principles and relationship-based practices.
The ability and power of simple, meaningful interactions to influence a child’s life cannot be overstated, whether an individual is intervening with families and very young children in the child welfare system, teaching a young child about feelings in the early childhood classroom, or engaging with families and children during pediatric well-visits. SCIMHA works to assure that individuals engaging with infants, young children and families, have the knowledge and skills to make the most of those interactions by providing culturally sensitive, relationship-focused practices that support young children’s behavioral wellbeing.
SCIMHA is working toward three goals
GOAL 1: Build and maintain organizational capacity that creates sustainability of the Association.
GOAL 2: Expand and engage a collaborative community of professionals who work to promote healthy social-emotional development and well-being of infants, young children, and their families.
|GOAL 3: Provide and promote leadership in South Carolina to inform policies that reflect the critical importance of early healthy social emotional development across, within, into multiple systems that serve infants, children and their families.|