What is Infant Mental Health?
The national organization
Zero to Three defines infant mental health as
“the developing capacity of the child from birth to 5 years of age to form close and secure adult and peer relationships; experience, manage, and express a full range of emotions; and explore the environment and learn—all in the context of family, community, and culture.” (
Who plays a role in promoting and supporting infant and early childhood mental health?
Anyone who works with and on behalf of infants, toddlers and their families is considered to be part of the field of Infant Mental Health. This includes professionals who work in a variety of settings, including but not limited to: early care and education teachers, pediatricians, parent-child home visitors, early interventionists, nurses, mental health clinicians, policy-makers, public health workers, child advocates, academic researchers and so many more.