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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
First Responses – Module I

Principles of childhood development, including the appropriate supervision of children, meeting the needs of children enrolled in the program with physical or emotional challenges and behavior management and discipline maltreatment. 1 Hour.

The one hour course is “self-guided” and can be started and paused as many times as needed for completion.

A certificate will be automatically emailed to you at the completion of the course.

For those in the enrolled in the NYS-AIMH Endorsement process, this course provides one (1) hour of Infant/Young Child Development and Behavior credit.

System requirements • High Speed Internet connection (recommended) • Latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge • Media/Audio software, such as Window Media Player or QuickTime • Computer equipped with audio output (speakers or headphones) • JavaScript enabled • Pop-up windows enabled

Module 1 Goal

Participants will understand that infants and young children have social and emotional needs that are just as important as their physical and environmental needs, like food, shelter, and clothing. Furthermore, through the information and practice that the module provides (including videos, handouts, and interactive knowledge checks), participants will begin to understand and apply this knowledge and awareness of children’s emotional well-being, and its disruption (dysregulation), to their role as “first responders” in helping the child to become regulated again.

These two distance learning courses have been approved by the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Program (PDP), and are eligible for Aspire credits.

Each course provides one (1) hour of Aspire credit, automatically processed for those who supply an account number at the time of course registration. For those enrolled in the NYS-AIMH Endorsement® process, each course provides one (1) hour of Infant/Young Child Development and Behavior credit.

The courses also meet the NYCDOH: Article 47 requirements for mental health first aid. Scholarship funding to participate in this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). For more information or to apply for a scholarship, please visit You may also contact EIP by email at, or by phone at either (800) 295-9616 or (518) 442-6575.

This project is supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDGB5), Grant Number 90TP005903, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care.  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.


In this module, trainees will:

  1. Name what infants and very young children need to develop and grow.
  2. Identify what is meant by Infant and Early childhood “mental Health” (IECMH), what supports it, and what may inhibit IECMH.
  3. Practice identifying when Infants or young children in their care need a “mental Health” response.
  4. Differentiate IECMH first responses from familiar “first aid” responses.
  5. Construct a decision tool for IECMH first responses to children in their care
  6. Begin to assess situations and responses to determine responses that are within their role, and when to seek the aid of an IECMH specialist

Organizational NYS-AIMH Members

We welcome all organizations that share our mission of supporting the mental health of young children.

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