The Alliance is forming cooperative relationships with organizations whose missions and objectives align, specifically Healthy Families America, the World Association for Infant Mental Health, ZERO TO THREE and Ounce of Prevention Fund. The Alliance is unique in that it will focus primarily on workforce development strategies for infant-family professionals.
Healthy Families America (HFA) is a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment. It is the primary home visiting model best equipped to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. HFA services begin prenatally or right after the birth of a baby and are offered voluntarily, intensively and over the long-term (3 to 5 years after the birth of the baby).
From their 2014 Annual Report: The in-depth Infant Mental Health Endorsement® process provides new opportunities for professional recognition of HFA staff through a combination of training and practice. HFA and the Alliance (League of States have developed a Crosswalk between HFA’s Integrated Strategies for Home Visiting (ISHV) Core training, HFA’s distance learning through The Learning Center (TLC), and the Best Practice Standards. The Alliance has opened its Endorsement process for those on our National Team that live in states that are not currently members of the Alliance and therefore do not yet offer Endorsement®.
WAIMH’s mission promotes education, research, and study of the effects of mental, emotional and social development during infancy on later normal and psychopathological development through international and interdisciplinary cooperation, publications, affiliate associations, and through regional and biennial congresses devoted to scientific, educational, and clinical work with infants and their caregivers.
Each IMH association of the Alliance is an affiliate, or is working toward becoming an affiliate of WAIMH.
ZERO TO THREE (ZTT) is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. Their mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.
Examples of cooperative efforts between ZTT and the Alliance:
- To strengthen advocacy efforts, Alliance members sign up for the ZTT Policy Network and receive Baby Monitor, Baby Blog, and Action Alerts
- Alliance members periodically review written materials produced by ZTT and provide feedback
- ZTT will highlight and feature IMH efforts within Alliance states in Baby Monitor including strategic plans, and purchase of Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement® licenses and implementation
Since 1982, the Ounce of Prevention Fund has persistently pursued a single goal: that all American children—particularly those born into poverty—have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life.
The Alliance supports & approves The Ounce of Prevention Fund’s online professional development training courses: Achieve OnDemand.
Theses online training can earn you in-service credits towards Endorsement® from your state’s Infant Mental Health Association if your state is a member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health®. You can find contacts for state IMH Associations where you may reside here. You can also access more information about the Competency Guidelines®, categories and Endorsements® here. While completion of these courses will count toward an Endorsement® application or renewal, they may not fully satisfy a knowledge/skill area.