Infant & Early Childhood

Infant & Early Childhood

Welcome to MACMH-IEC!

MACMH-IEC is the infant and early childhood division of MACMH. Established in 2007 as a membership organization, MACMH-IEC’s mission is to promote the social and emotional development and mental health of children, prenatal through age five, and their families and caregivers. The goals of MACMH-IEC include education and advocacy resulting in enhanced, culturally competent, interdisciplinary, professional capacity to serve infants, young children and their families. At the heart of this work is the relationship between a child and her or his parents/caregivers, the primary context within which mental health promotion, screening, assessment and interventions are provided. The Infant and Early Childhood division of the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH-IEC) goals are to:

  • Promote the social and emotional development and mental health of children, prenatal to age five, and their families and caregivers, and;
  • Promote the professional development of the enhanced culturally competent interdisciplinary capacity to serve infants and young children within the context of their families.

The work of MACMH-IEC is guided by an advisory board and committee structure that includes a Professional Development Committee.


What is Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health?

MACMH-IEC uses the following working definition of infant mental health established by the ZERO TO THREE Infant Mental Health Task Force:

Infant mental health is the developing capacity of the child from birth to age 3 to:

  • Experience, regulate and express emotions;
  • Form close and secure interpersonal relationships; and
  • Explore the environment and learn—

All in the context of family, community, and cultural expectations for young children.

Infant and early childhood mental health is synonymous with healthy social and emotional development.


Become a Member of MACMH-IEC Now!

Working with, and on behalf of, expectant parents, infants, very young children, their parents and other caregivers can be both extremely rewarding and demanding. Connect with others who feel as passionately as you do about the developmental needs of Minnesota’s very youngest citizens and keep current on what is happening in the field and around the state. Click here to become a member.


If a parent or provider has questions or concerns about a child’s development, contact a health care provider, call 1-866-693-GROW (4769), or go to the Minnesota Help Me Grow website.