Our vision is for all of Georgia’s infants and young children to be safe and nurtured through consistent, caregiving relationships so they can reach their fullest potential.
Champion and Emerging Leader Award Recipients
The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Champion award acknowledges the efforts of individuals, organizations, and state agencies in Georgia. These awardees have successfully devised state-specific work plans, implementing effective strategies for infant and early childhood mental health, particularly in the realms of promotion, prevention supports, and the establishment of networks to enhance connections across systems. Their achievements include fostering collaboration, securing funding for initiatives, and advocating for a shared understanding of the objectives in infant and early childhood mental health, contributing to the development of a comprehensive system of care in Georgia. We are honored to have presented this award to CHRIS 180 New Generation Program, Wendy White-Tiegreen with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).
The Emerging Leader award in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health acknowledges individuals on the rise, making substantial contributions to Georgia's infant and early childhood mental health field. These awardees exhibit notable growth in leadership and service, showcasing forward-thinking perspectives, innovative ideas, and a commitment to ongoing learning. We are delighted to have presented this award to Victrecia Hines from the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services and Heather Hastie, a private child and family therapist.
Foundations of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Training
Webinar Instructions and Links
Instructions on completing this training is detailed below.
STEP 1: Prior to viewing the webinar, please complete an online pre-test by clicking here.
STEP 2: To access the training, follow this link: GA-AIMH Training Module. This link will direct you to a YouTube video of the training recording.
STEP 3: Upon the completion of this webinar, please take the online post-test by clicking here.
Note: In order to receive your certificate of completion, you must complete the post-survey.
Thank you for participating in the Foundations of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) training provided by the Georgia Association for Infant Mental Health: Birth to Five (GA-AIMH). The vision of GA-AIMH is for all Georgia's infants and young children to be safe and nurtured through consistent, caregiving relationships in order to reach their fullest potential. We aim to do this by supporting a range of early childhood professionals who address the social, emotional, and developmental needs of young children and their families. This training process includes three parts:
- Pre-Training Survey
- Training Video
- Post-Training Survey
Babies Can't Wait Conference
Save the Date
June 1-4, 2024
Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center
The Babies Can't Wait conference will be centered on FAMILIES — the BLUEPRINT of Early Intervention (EI) in Georgia. The conference will explore how EI supports can guarantee accessible, equitable, inclusive, and developmentally appropriate practices and services.
Admission is FREE with registration! Details for registration will be provided in late February. For further information, contact Andrew Abrams at [email protected]
Support Children's Mental Health
The early years of a child’s life provide a key opportunity to establish safe and secure relationships to support healthy social and emotional development. Watch the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) video; it promotes early relational health and empowers caregivers to support children’s mental health.
What about mental health for infants and toddlers?
When most of us consider infant and toddler care, we think of pediatrician check-ups, immunizations, and vision and hearing screenings. But mental health for infants and toddlers? Babies do have mental health—and it’s a critical springboard into a life of well-being. Hear about the policy advances that GEEARS and its partners have achieved on behalf of Georgia’s youngest children.
Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, child care, financial assistance, job training and more.
Are you an expecting or new mom experiencing mental health challenges?
Get support by phone or text at: 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746)
Available toll-free in English and Spanish. TTY Users can use a preferred relay service or dial 711 and then 1-833-943-5746.
Contributions from community partners like you, help to support this mission and expand access for infant mental health to more families in need. You can play a critical role in the success of this program by making a charitable donation (button below).
On the giving page, under designation, select "Georgia Association for Infant Mental Health, MCCHD."