The Infant Mental Health Project began in 2015 with a special grant from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. The overall focus of this project is to develop and support a comprehensive Infant Mental Health System of Care for young children birth to age 3 and their families. This project has four major components: (1) Ensuring early identification of potential social-emotional challenges; (2) Creating supportive environments for children and families; (3) Supporting and sustaining professional capacity grounded in infant mental health competencies and practice; and (4) Promoting public awareness of the importance of healthy social and emotional development.
“A person's a person, no matter how small.”
– Dr. Seuss
There is also a focus on trauma informed care through training and advocacy. This project also seeks to enhance the clinical ability of professionals to provide evaluation and treatment of young children’s mental health challenges.
With oversight by a local multi-agency IMH Steering Committee, this project is aligned with the strategic planning efforts of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health (FAIMH). ECC chairs the local chapter of this statewide organization.