Supporting Infant Mental Health in the Early Years & Attachment

Research has shown that children who have emotionally available caregivers develop: secure attachments, school readiness, healthy emotional development, strong problem-solving skills, and emotional regulation. Rose Burns, Public Health Health, led this presentation. The workshop enhanced learning around infant mental health and attachment. Educators were able to identify if a child has secure attachment or insecure attachment and to identify when a child is “engaged” or “disengaged” with their caregiver. Educators learned how to build trust and security with a child and how to identify infant/toddler cues were also explored. A local Family Home Visitor, Roxanne Munn, presented the evidence-based program PIPE (Partners in Parenting Education). This is a practical model that empowers, educates and supports professionals to promote positive relationships between primary caregivers and infants/toddlers. It supports infant/child mental health by increasing the emotional availability of those caring for children.

ECCDC Conference Room
3340 Schmon Parkway