Individuals who work with young children, their families and their caregivers come from diverse experiences and represent a large variety of professions 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 these professionals work toward their NYS-AIMH Endorsement®, they consider all of the education and specialty training they have completed which has helped them meet requirements and competencies as defined by the Competency Guidelines: Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® https://www.nysaimh.org/nysaiwp15/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/NYS-AIMH-IMH-E-Final-Web.pdf
As a critical pathway to building a strong infant and early childhood workforce, NYS-AIMH is collaborating with those who provide education and training to the field of early childhood practitioners to foster a coherent system for identifying programs that include content essential to the endorsement process.
To determine how your current work fits into the various credentials, please explore the links provided below. These "crosswalks" provide a comparison between the Infant Mental Health Endorsement®(IMHE) and other credentials and professional development supports.
Academic Course Vetting:
The New York State Association of Infant Mental Health (NYS-AIMH) is pleased to announce the launch of an Academic Course vetting process designed to recognize those academic courses that meet the competencies of the NYS-AIMH Endorsement®. The process aims to collaborate with Higher Education Institutions and Professional Training Agencies to ensure the promotion of infant and early childhood mental health principles through courses that prepare students from multidisciplinary fields to meet the critical needs of young children and their families.
As academic institutions and professional development agencies learned about the Endorsement®, they became interested in a vetting process that would identify courses/trainings that are competency informed and could be used in an application for endorsement. For more information or to schedule an appointment - CLICK HERE
New York State Credential Crosswalks:
Program Specific Crosswalks: