Founded in 2001, COAIMH is a nonprofit (501c3) statewide membership organization run by staff and volunteers who work to promote education and research related to infant and early childhood mental health and, facilitate networking and cooperation among those concerned with the optimal development of infants and infant-caregiver relationships. We also strive to advocate for use of scientifically-based programs of care, intervention, and prevention of mental impairment in infancy and support local and state policies that promote family and infant mental health.
CoAIMH became an official affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) in 2002, and a state member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (the Alliance) in 2010.
Infant Mental Health is the developing capacity of an infant or young child to:
- Develop close and secure relationships with others
- Actively explore the environment and learn
- Experience, express and regulate a full range of both positive and negative emotions