California Center Enhances Website

California Center for IFECMH Expanded Website Promotes the Field and Encourages Collaboration

Responding to the increasing need for a collaborative forum and collective voice to promote the healthy social and emotional development of children under the age of five, the leadership team of the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health is pleased to offer its expanded website.

The site is designed as a collaborative forum for sharing, research, learning, training, promoting and advocating for best practices in the early childhood mental health field, with the structure and capacity to:

  • Further organizational and product development, research and evaluation, training and technical assistance and policy and advocacy in the early childhood mental health field.
  • Provide current information on:
    • Cutting-edge, evidence-based practices;
    • Upcoming conferences and events;
    • Training opportunities.
  • Create an environment for:
    • Blogs on current and emerging issues written by experts in the field;
    • Connection, cross-fertilization and collaboration with fellow professionals;
    • A forum for new ideas and research.
  • Make available professional resources such as:
    • The California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, Revised; (Guide PDF)
    • A formal endorsement process for certification as a professional in the field.

The infant-family and early childhood mental health field evolved from successive collaborative efforts—first to ensure the healthy development of premature infants and those with disabilities and then to a broader focus on the healthy emotional development of all infants.

Through a series of efforts, a multi-disciplinary group of leaders identified the personnel competencies and professional guidelines necessary to provide effective services to promote the mental health of infants, toddlers and young children. The result was Delivery of Infant-Family and Early Mental Health Services Training Guidelines and Recommended Personnel Competencies published in 2003. In 2009, the group published an updated version, California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (Guide PDF) in 2009, and shortly thereafter formalized itself as the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health. More recently, the Center’s leadership introduced a formal endorsement process to certify the readiness of endorsed individuals to offer infant-family and early childhood services.

Now the California Center is pleased to launch this website as a collaborative resource for professionals, stakeholders, and interested parties in this field. We invite you to explore and share the site and trust that you will visit often to learn what’s new and what’s happening and to meet new colleagues and connect with old ones.