Our vision is for Washington State babies and young children, their families, and service providers, especially those from marginalized communities, to thrive and reach their full potential.
Relationships: We support, strengthen and grow healthy relationships with service providers, partners, and families.
Humanity: In all we do, we center the needs and voices of communities that are and have been silenced.
Accountability: We maintain transparent alignment with our mission and vision by listening and responding to our communities.
Integrity: We commit to maintaining compassion, dignity, and authenticity in everything we do.
Racial and social justice: We commit to aligning our beliefs and practices to lead by example and transform systems that honor and dignify the humanity of marginalized communities.
Humility: We commit to practicing self-awareness, seeking feedback from communities across Washington State and embracing a growth mindset.
We educate, support, and advocate for service providers in Washington State to improve the wellbeing of babies and young children, as we work toward advancing racial equity and belonging for marginalized communities.
What We Do
WA-AIMH is Washington’s only statewide association for all professionals who support the development of children prenatally through age six. Our role is to train, credential, advocate for and strengthen Washington’s infant and early childhood workforce in a way that is relationship-based, equitable, and informed by the communities that we serve. We also advocate for public policy matters that impact young children and families and the systems of care in our State. Though our work, we help ensure healthy communities and a well-supported, effective workforce now and in the future.
Each year we serve hundreds of professionals in diverse disciplines such as early care and education, early intervention, home visiting, child welfare, community healthcare, mental health, social work, and psychology by
Offering Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health for those who work with children birth to age three and their families and integrate IECMH principles into their practice.
Providing a variety of professional development and continuing education opportunities to increase skills and knowledge in the field.
Increasing provider resiliency and well-being by promoting reflective practice and coordinating opportunities for reflective supervision/consultation.
Increasing public awareness of how early relationships and experiences impact development.
Fostering partnerships, policies and best practices to better support healthy development in infants, young children and their families.
We are dedicated to supporting those who care for infants, young children and families by ensuring they have the tools, supports, and professional development needed to provide high quality, developmentally-informed, and relationship-based services. The Endorsement credentialing system recognizes and supports infant and early childhood mental health-informed skills, knowledge, and experience among professionals that serve families of babies and young children through direct services, support services, administration, policy, or research.
Reflective Practice, Supervision, and Consultation
We provide training and ongoing supports for reflective practice and reflective supervision/consultation. These practices support infant and early childhood professionals in their work and guide them in providing optimal services to children and families, as well as increasing provider resilience and reducing burnout and turnover. We also coordinate training and reflective supervision and consultation for providers throughout the state.
We offer training online and in-person, including introductory, advanced, and special topics. All of our training and professional development offerings can be applied to Endorsement and can be custom delivered for your organization.
Wondering how your team can grow its infant and early childhood mental health skill sets or how to integrate reflective practice at your organization? Our team can provide practical assistance in:
Assessing your current trainings for alignment with infant and early childhood mental health principles
Guiding individuals or teams through the Endorsement process
Assisting in creating plans for organization-wide reflective practice changes