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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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June 2022

Statement on the Reversal of 
Roe v. Wade

Friday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has left many of us feeling disgusted, disheartened, and outraged. Access to safe abortion is an essential part of reproductive healthcare, family planning, and overall community and societal wellbeing. 

The Alliance advocates for the rights of all child-bearing people, the right to safe and quality health care, women’s rights, and the right to choose. In our efforts to lead with an anti-racist lens to promote equity and advance social justice, it is difficult to find words that capture what this regressive and harmful ruling means for our country, for childbearing people, and for marginalized communities; communities continuously impacted by unjust policies, practices, and laws. In our support of professionals working with pregnant people, infants, and families, we are also struck by the implications that this ruling has on the systems our infant-early childhood mental health professionals work within, on the communities we serve, and on our ability to properly care and advocate for the people we have committed our careers to serving.   

Our hearts go out to those who are and will be directly, physically, and emotionally impacted. Our minds continue to commit to work that promotes equity and work that builds healthy and strong communities for our infants. Our hope is that our infant-early childhood mental health workforce stands strong together in supporting our community through this time. Our desire is that our workforce, leaders, and all with any voice to be heard will lead in the restoration and protection of our community's most fundamental human rights.

The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health

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


Foundations for Infant/Toddler Social Emotional Health and Development

FREE Online Modules

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

Versión en español disponible

Join BTC for this free conversation

Wednesday, September 28

Learn More and Register for Free

Learn more from the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

Brazelton Touchpoints Center:

September 14, 21, 28, 2022

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

Supporting Everyone's Mental Health —

Three-part webinar series begins on September 14 @ 1 PM ET /10 AM PT

Brazelton Series Information

Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change

Episode I: Meeting the Challenges Facing Our Youth

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT

Episode II: Celebrating Indigenous Family and Cultural Strengths & Promoting Health Equity

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT

Episode III: Listening to What Voters Want for Children

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 3 PM EST / 12 PM PST

Learn More and Register


State of Babies Yearbook 2022 

Zero to Three, May 2022

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


May. 2022

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


May. 2022

RI Alliance & RIAIMH Addressing Suspension and Expulsion in ECE Settings

RI Alliance Addressing Suspension and Expulsion in Early Childhood Education Settings

March. 2022

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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