Individuals who work with young children, their families and their caregivers come from diverse experiences and represent a large variety of professionals that include Early Care and Learning, Home Visiting, Head Start and Preschool, Early Intervention, Clinical Mental Health, Child Welfare, Health Care and many others. As professionals work toward their NYS-AIMH Endorsement®, they consider all of the education and specialty training they have completed which has helped them meet the requirements and competencies as defined by the competency guidelines.

What is the Endorsement®?

Endorsement is a credentialing system that supports and recognizes the knowledge and ability of professionals who work with or on behalf of infants and young children up to age five and their families.


NYS-AIMH will endorse professionals from many disciplines at the following four categories:

  • Infant Family Associate
  • Infant Family Specialist
  • Infant Mental Health Specialist
  • Infant Mental Health Mentor


Learn about the process, including:

  • How to apply
  • Determine the category for you
  • Meet competency guidelines
  • Exam preparation

Benefits of the Endorsement

Recognition of NYS-AIMH Endorsement tells employers, parents, health and legal practitioners, and insurance providers that the endorsed professional has expertise related to the social and emotional development of infants and young children and families.

Apply for Endorsement

Are you a NYS-AIMH Member and are ready to register for the Endorsement?

You will be directed to an external site (

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Endorsed Professionals

Those who have earned Endorsement® have demonstrated that the individual has completed specialized education, work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences that have led to competency in the promotion and/or practice of infant mental health.

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Reflective Practice

Reflective Practice is at the heart of working with and caring for infants, young children and their families. This practice invites caregivers and professionals to look back, look out and look within to increase our understanding of our self and of others.


Individuals who work with young children, their families and their caregivers come from diverse experiences and represent a large variety of professions. “Crosswalks” provide a comparison between the Infant Mental Health Endorsement®(IMHE) and other credentials and professional development supports.

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Organizational NYS-AIMH Members

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

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