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Welcome to our Infant & Early Childhood Division

Grounded in the knowledge that the earliest years are critical in shaping lifelong health and wellbeing, our Infant & Early Childhood Division works to build a multidisciplinary workforce equipped to address the unique needs of children, prenatal to age 6, and their families.

Our IEC Division works to:

  • Champion the social and emotional development and mental health of children, prenatal to age five, and their families and caregivers, and;
  • Advance the ongoing professional development of culturally competent interdisciplinary workforce to serve infants and young children within the context of their families and communities.

The work of MACMH-IEC is guided by an advisory board and committee structure that includes an Endorsement 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.