SCIMHA is a multidisciplinary association of professionals working to promote nurturing relationships for 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 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.|