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  • 11/21/2018 1:11 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    The latest issue of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH)'s Perspectives in Infant Mental Health features part 1 of a 2-part series about the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. Read part 1, "A Grass Roots Journey for IMH," here. Part 2, "What Makes an Infant Mental Health Association Strong?", will be published online in a future issue of Perspectives. 

  • 11/21/2018 1:05 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    The Fall 2018 edition of The Active Learner, HighScope's Journal for Early Educators, includes an article by Ashley McCormick and Faith Eidson of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health on infant and early childhood mental health, the Competency Guidelines®, and Endorsement® for those in the early care and education fields. Check it out!

  • 11/05/2018 1:23 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    A new study finds that participation in Early Head Start improves key factors shown to prevent child maltreatment. The report—co-authored by researchers from Child Trends, Portland University’s Center for the Improvement of Child and Family Studies, and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Brazelton Touchpoints Center—shows that Early Head Start programs reduce family conflict and parenting stress; support emotionally warm, responsive parenting practices; and promote child cognitive development. By strengthening these four factors, Early Head Start programs reduce the likelihood that a child will become involved in the child welfare system from birth to age 16. Learn more.

  • 10/29/2018 9:42 AM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    RIAIMH encourages Rhode Island professionals to participate in a new study, titled "Workplace Supports in the Infant Mental Health Field: An Examination of Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Protective Practices." This study will help identify the workplace supports that infant/family practitioners identify as being helpful in preventing burnout and increasing work satisfaction.

    You can help with this study by completing a brief (15-20 minute) survey.

    If you work for an agency (sorry, no private practice) and you either provide direct services to infants, toddlers, and their families, or are directly supervising practitioners and programs serving infants, toddlers, and families in the home and community, then you are eligible to participate in this survey.

    Learn more and access the survey

  • 07/10/2018 1:01 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    The family separation policy has separated at least 2,300 undocumented immigrant children from their parents and placed them in governmental care in shelters and foster homes across the United States. Early childhood clinicians and researchers at the University of Michigan and the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health have developed two resources to help those caring for recently separated immigrant children. 

    The first is a letter that presents the idea of SAFE Communication to assist alternative caregivers to help the children begin to make sense of what has happened to them and offers strategies to increase the children’s sense of safety and protection. The second is a children’s story – Cecilia and the Long Walk - to help children understand their recent experience, providing language to help organize internal confusion and terror. The story is presented as a coloring book, with version available in both English and Spanish. An audio recording of Cecilia and the Long Walk (Cecilia y la Larga Caminata) is also available on YouTube so that children can listen to the story being read in their native language.

    See this announcement for more information and to access the resources. 

  • 06/19/2018 5:42 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health leadership firmly oppose separating very young immigrant children from their parents or guardians. Read the full position statement from the Alliance on separating families here, and a statement by Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., here

  • 06/19/2018 5:41 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    Check out this article in The Hill written by Katherine Rosenblum and Tova Walsh about what we can learn from our nation's military families about the separations of parents and children.

  • 05/30/2018 7:56 AM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)
    Read the statement issued by Myra Jones-Taylor, chief policy officer at ZERO TO THREE, about babies and young children being separated from their caregivers at the US border:

    “The secure attachments young children form to their caregivers are the bedrock of healthy development and emotional stability, providing a sense of security and a buffer from the toxic effects of stress and trauma. 

    Migrating to a new country is already stressful. Separating children and caregivers destroys the relationships that foster resilience. Make no mistake; separation at this point is a trauma that can have long-term impacts on an infant’s well-being. Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders can follow. 

    The practice of having border agents remove children from caregivers suddenly and place them in institutional care, especially without any policy for visitation, maintenance of their attachment relationship, or reunification, amounts to child maltreatment. 

    Anyone with infant/early childhood mental health expertise – and anyone with a heart for children – will tell you that separating young children from caregivers at the U.S. border is appalling and must be stopped.”

    View the statement on the ZERO TO THREE website or learn more about the current U.S. border practices and the historical context of government family separation policies.

  • 05/12/2018 11:38 AM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, in partnership with ZERO TO THREE, is organizing a major advocacy event to bring approximately 40 Rhode Island families with babies and toddlers to the State House. Strolling Thunder Rhode Island will take place on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn more.

    Strolling Thunder is the flagship advocacy event of Think Babies, a national campaign designed to bring attention to the many issues that affect what babies and families need to thrive. This year the focus is on high-quality child care for infants and toddlers!

  • 05/03/2018 11:51 AM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    In February 2018, Healthy Families America (HFA) and the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (Alliance) joined together in working to promote better outcomes for babies and their families by building a competent workforce. Read the full article here.


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