About Us 

Did you know that the first few years of life are critical for children due to their accelerated cognitive, social and emotional development?  This psychosocial/emotional foundation is important for a child's future in regards to school readiness and developing healthy relationships. 

Early relationships in children’s lives matter and can significantly influence their trajectory. The concept of Infant Mental Health is rooted in the idea that the most important factor in the mental health of children are a supportive primary relationship with parents and caretakers. The overall goal of practicing Infant Mental Health is enhancing the emotional and cognitive development of infants birth to five years of age. In January of 2016, the Missouri Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (MOAIMH-EC) was created to help meet this need in our state.  



The mission of MO-AIMH-EC is to optimize well-being in the early years by promoting first relationships and advancing effective infant mental health practice.  


We envision that one day all Missouri children will have access to the services, supports, and tools needed to thrive. All who encounter Missouri children will  have a comprehensive understanding of what is needed for social, emotional, and cognitive well-being across a child's lifespan.

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Membership and endorsement

MO-AIMH-EC works across Missouri to promote infant mental health. As a member, you will connect to a learning community of professionals who support and are passionate about the emotional, social, and mental health of young children. Through your membership, you help us advance the profession of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) in Missouri and around the country. Become a part of a movement dedicated to developing initiatives and best practices for the field of infant mental health.

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Events and education

Find upcoming events related to the field of early childhood mental health. 

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A library of resources from infant and toddler experts. Coming soon!

want to learn more? We want to hear from you. 

Email us at moaimhec@gmail.com and/or our mailing address is Missouri Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, PO Box 45835, Kansas City, MO 64171.

At this time 21 states in the US already have an association to advance and promote the field of infant and early childhood mental health. Now, Missouri has begun its journey in becoming an affiliate of the World Organization for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), http://www.waimh.org.