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The Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health works to nurture strong relationships among young children and all the adults who care for them. 

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Become a RIAIMH member today and join a statewide network of like-minded professionals committed to enhancing young children’s social-emotional health and well-being.

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riaimh annual making Connections conference

RIAIMH's 20th Anniversary Celebration

8:30am - 3:30 pm Virtual

Date: September 23, 2022



March 2022

Baby's First Years publishes first findings: Monthly cash support to families impacts infant brain activity

Our new study shows that an anti-poverty intervention had a direct impact on children’s brain development. After one year, infants of mothers in low-income households receiving $333 in monthly cash support were more likely to show faster brain activity, in a pattern associated with learning and development at later ages. Read more here. 



Event by Women's Fund of Rhode Island and RIght from the Start

Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

Join RIght from the Start, the RI Paid Family Leave Coalition, RI AARP, the Economic Progress Institute, Women's Fund of RI, leading legislators, and parents for a conversation about opportunities to strengthen state policies that help working families care for new babies and seriously ill family members.


State of RI Press Release, March 3, 2022:

Governor McKee, EOHHS Begin Distribution of Rhode Island Rebounds Funding to Early Intervention Providers

The $5.5 million for Early Intervention providers is part of the McKee Administration’s RI Rebounds initiative

State of RI Press Release, October 7, 2021: 

Governor McKee Submits Plan for Rhode Island Rebounds: Immediate Investments in Rhode Island’s Families, Workers and Small Businesses

News from RIght from the Start:

Urge congress to Think Babies and Act!  

Faces are Essential

A brief on why  faces are essentail for babies and  FAIMH's initiative to distribute clear face masksto child care proviodes in Florida

A call to action from the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health to address ongoing bias, structural racism and racial violence.

message from RIAIMH's Executive Director, Susan Dickstein, PhD, IMH-E®  and related resourceabout COVID-19


June 29, 2022 | 3:00pm-4:00pm ET

Talking Trauma with Young Children

With ongoing violence in public spaces and media coverage of these events, many young children--including infants and toddlers--are experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety.

Join two leading experts on child trauma for a candid conversation about how adults, whether parents, caregivers, early education professionals or advocates, can support young children while also taking care of themselves.


Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D.

Chandra Ghosh Ippen, PhD

Associate Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at University of California, San Francisco

ZERO TO THREE Board Member

Dr. Mindy Kronenberg, IECMH-E®

Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD

Associate Professor at the
Boston University School of Medicine

Child Care Aware® of America Board Member

Learn more from the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

Brazelton Touchpoint Center

June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29

2 PM ET / 11 AM PT


Brazelton Touchpoints Center:

Touchpoints in the Context of Developmental Challenges

Live, interactive webinar series, 6 modules 

The training will deepen practices with young children and families, and deeply explore the work with families whose children might have special developmental or relational challenges. It also confers 20 CEUs (and can support IECMH Endorsement application portfolios).Each module will be facilitated in a live, interactive webinar format. The course is followed by six monthly one-hour virtual reflective practice sessions. Attendance is required at live sessions. Sessions are not recorded.  Cost: $750.00

Foundations for Infant/Toddler Social Emotional Health and Development

Online Modules

FREE PROVIDER COURSE and PARENT AND FAMILIES COURSE offered by  the clinicians at Bradley Hospital in partnership with RIAIMH

Versión en español disponible



State of Babies Yearbook 2022 

Zero to Three

Babies Are Born With Unlimited Potential: The story of America’s babies has never been more important.

Compares national and state-by state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers.


Holding the Baby in Mind During Times of War--Sherri Alderman. MD



Turmoil Hurts the Youngest in Lasting Ways--Dipesh Navsaria, MD


RI Alliance & RIAIMH Addressing Suspension and Expulsion in ECE Settings

RI Alliance Addressing Suspension and Expulsion in Early Childhood Education Settings

March. 2022

RIght Start Agenda: 2022 Legislative & Budget Priorities

February 1, 2022

We’re excited to share our 2022 RIght Start Agenda (En Español) a package of legislation and budget priorities to advance state policies for babies, young children, and families in Rhode Island. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many Rhode Island families with young children were struggling. State policy change is needed to make young children’s potential our priority and to lay the foundation needed for children’s success and a strong state economy.

for more info click HERE

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT’s newest Policy Brief Virtual Release

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Children’s Economic Well-Being in RI

Wednesday, December 15, 2021   

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

This new report includes disaggregated data by race and ethnicity on key indicators of child and family well-being including unemployment rates, family income, poverty, wealth, homeownership, and postsecondary education. The report suggests solutions and actions Rhode Island can take to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities and promote equitable, racially aware, and community-driven policies.

New release from the Alliance for Infant Mental Health:

Preparing Competency-Based Learning for I/ECMH Endorsement Training Guide and Self Assessment

This guide explores ways to incorporate all aspects of IECMH practice, (knowing, being and doing), in education and training. It serves as a companion to the Competency Guidelines and aims to offer a framework for self-assessment to support the development and delivery of culturally-sensitive, relationship-focused training in IECMH.

Text Messaging Service for

The Greatest 8 

Designed to help parents teach their children, ages 0 to 8, skills for a lifetime of mental wellness. 

Text greatest8 to 401-297-3020 

or sign up online at  https://bit.ly/Greatest8

Racial Justice and Equity Resources for the I/ECMH community

5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return

Center on the Developing Child,

Harvard University

(Versión en español también disponible)

Report: Building Relationships: Framing Early Relational Health

Center for the Study of Social Policy in collaboration with Frameworks Institute

A comprehensive framing strategy to help shift public attention to and understanding about Early Relational Health.


Check out our Members page to access exclusive resources for members, including training presentation videos and PP slide decks,  a member directory, and a history of past events including titles, speakers, topic and more. 

RIAIMH is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  est. 2002

RIAIMH is a founding member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.


RIAIMH is an affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

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