NMAIMH provides a forum for transdisciplinary collaboration by advocating for the application of infant mental health principles in services for infants, young children, and caregivers.  As we locate and/or develop materials that may be helpful to you in the field, we will post them here for members to access.


NMAIMH Brief 1 addresses infant mental health fundamentals.

Additional information that may be helpful to you in “How to Talk about Early Childhood Mental Health” is found in this document from ZERO TO THREE.

Reflective Supervision

What is Reflective Supervision?  How do I know that what I have participated in is consistent with the NMAIMH definition?

Everyone who works with infants and their families needs and deserves to have training and supervision that supports them to meet the social and emotional needs of the babies, toddlers, and families with whom they work. Reflective practice is an essential component of the work of every professional who incorporates infant mental health principles into his or her work with families of young children. Reflective Supervision/Consultation Defined is provided to help clarify which reflective supervision/consultation experiences meet the requirements for endorsement (also see information under the Endorsement website tab) and can be included on an endorsement portfolio.

Day one psa

From DAY ONE Baby Knows

Understanding how baby’s brain grows with everything she see, hears, and feels “from Day One” helps parents appreciate the importance of holding and talking to baby, of face time, and of comforting. Day One explains the significance of baby’s earliest activities, and the importance of parent self-care.

To view the Day One Public Service Announcement (PSA) go to:

The PSA can also be viewed at under EC Initiatives/Day One.


Information explores a range of activities for toddlers, including eating, saying “no”, watching TV, having a tantrum, and adjusting to a new baby in the home. All the activities are explored from two points of view, a baby’s feelings and the parent’s feelings, with helpful suggestions for meeting both sets of needs.

For printed copies of these books, contact A request form can be located at under EC Initiatives/Day One.

Love and Learn!

Promoting the Importance of Healthy, Happy Babies is a set of public awareness materials that were developed in 2004 as part of the Infant Mental Health Infrastructure Development Project. The Project was funded by the Family Services Division of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. Thank you to CYFD for permission to share these materials here on the NMAIMH website!

These public awareness materials can be used in a number of ways to stimulate discussion and exploration with practitioners and parents/caregivers about issues and needs related to the social and emotional well-being of our youngest citizens. Creative and thoughtful practitioners have used these materials to:

  • Explore parents’/caregivers’ ideas about the role they play in supporting the social and emotional well-being of their young children during one-on-one interactions or parent groups;

  • Create eye-catching displays for use in parent-professional conferences, health fairs, etc. as a way to entice parents to engage in social-emotional screening activities;

  • Engage in community level, multi-agency discussions about how providers and families can work together to support optimal mental wellness in each young child and his or her family; and

  • Share ideas and strategies with one another.

The materials include:

Strategies for the Integration of Infant Mental Health Principles

Strategies for the Integration of Infant Mental Health Principles into IDEA, Part C/NM Family Infant Toddler Program     

Supports and services are described in a position paper that can be found at the following link:


The Effects of Maltreatment on Early Development

A set of materials developed/adapted by the NMAIMH in response to a request from the NM Department of Health Family Infant Toddler Program and NM Child, Youth and Families Department Child Protective Services. The materials are provided here for your use.

  • CAPTA 6.06 PowerPoint presentation (in PDF);

  • CAPTA 6.06 Facilitator Guide (PDF) with suggested talking points for presentation; and

  • Early Brain (PDF) A publication from the former National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information – In Focus: Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Early Brain Development.

Additional Online Resources (Spanish & English)

  • Baby’s First Wish Parent Educational Newsletters in English or Spanish with information about babies from birth to 36 months.

  • Questions About Kids are written for parents and other caregivers on topics of social and emotional growth, challenging behaviors, and mental health. Each issue addresses one question about young children.

  • Parent Handouts from ZERO TO THREE

  • The Talaris Institute

    • Visit “Timeline” for an interactive guide to how young children grow and learn during the first 5 years.

    • Visit “Spotlights” to view 60 second video clips and read brief informational pieces about child development and parenting.

This website contains links to other websites which are external to the NMAIMH. Users are advised to make their own decisions about the accuracy, currency, reliability, and correctness of information contained in the websites they choose to access. Users of links provided by this website are responsible for their being aware of which organization is hosting the site they visit. External links are provided as a service to NMAIMH Membership and do not necessarily reflect the position of, or endorsement by, the NMAIMH.