The Kansas Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health is an association of professionals in Kansas who are concerned with the emotional development of infants. KAIMH has three main goals:

    • To encourage the realization that infancy is a critical period in the psychosocial/emotional development of individuals
    • To disseminate knowledge to its members as well as to combat the sense of isolation of those disciplines working in the infancy field
    • To provide information to the general public, which will enhance awareness and bring to public attention the psychosocial/emotional needs of children in the first years of life.

KAIMH is a 501C3 non-profit and is an affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.  


Racial & Gun Violence Impacts the IECMH Workforce and It Must End

The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health is outraged by the racial and gun violence in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas.  When racial and gun violence are allowed within our communities’ schools, grocery stores, churches and other spaces, the IECMH workforce is significantly impacted.  The workforce promotes social-emotional development and relational health, prevents disorders of infancy and early childhood, intervenes when disorders exist, and advances policy, practice, and research at macro levels. When safety and security are threatened, the workforce’s ability and confidence to do each of these things is seriously threatened.

Presently, the workforce is challenged with holding their own stress, fear, helplessness, and uncertainty right alongside the families they work with.  We are meeting, as humans, in our collective grief.  There is no right way to respond or “be” after racial and gun violence; what is needed most is a reminder of our shared humanity.  The IECMH workforce is well equipped to show up and offer connection, as connection and relationship are at the heart of our guiding principles.  So, if you are asking yourself what you can do or should do next, show up for those you support and offer respect, nurturing, understanding, non-judgement, and space for individual needs and experiences; while also seeking those things out for yourself.  Start with humanity and connection.

Finally, the IECMH workforce often finds themselves in the position to advocate on behalf of little ones and their families.  Let’s use our skills to advocate for anti-racist gun reform policies that protect our colleagues; the babies, children, & families we serve; and ourselves.  Be bold and active in your efforts to prevent future murders due to racism and gun violence.  

The Alliance joins the American Academy of Pediatrics in their call to, “advocate for the strongest possible legislative and regulatory approaches to prevent firearm injuries and deaths.” 

We stand in grief and solidarity with Buffalo, New York, Uvalde, Texas, and everyone who has been impacted by gun violence.   Options for taking action to demand change include the Community Justice Action Fund (CJAF), who build power with and for communities of color to end gun violence or Everytown for Gun Safety, working to promote “common sense” gun control strategies.