Keeping Babies and Children in Mind:
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Project
Keeping Babies & Children in Mind is a training series of workshops in infant and early childhood mental health that is being offered at no cost to professionals who work with infants, toddlers, young children and their families (pregnancy through age eight). This project is funded through a Superstorm Sandy social service block grant through the NJ Department of Children and Families.
The goal is to have at least 1000 infant and early childhood professionals successfully complete the training series of workshops. A portion of these trained eligible professionals will be prepared to apply for the NJ Association for Infant Mental Health Competency Guidelines and Endorsement System (www.nj-aimh.org), and/or the NJ Pyramid Model Partnership’s work with the Center for the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning Pyramid Model.
Beginning in the spring of 2014 and running through the autumn of 2015, this free training is comprised of seven three-hour workshops. Although the series is meant to be taken as a whole, and in order, each workshop is able to stand alone.
The training will be available at selected community-based settings in the 10 counties considered the most affected by Superstorm Sandy, including: Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union counties.
Staff from all sectors of public and private infant/child/school and family programs are invited to attend, including: Home visiting, Childcare centers, Early Head Start/Head Start, Early Intervention, Family child care providers, Preschools, Family Outreach Program, Parent Linking Program, Project TEACH, Family Success Centers, Elementary schools, Child welfare offices, and any other professional who work with infants, toddlers, young children and their families
All attendees will receive professional education, training, coaching, and supervision in evidence-based practices and curricula which support the emotional, social and neurological foundations for all development and learning. Included in the training series are topics on:
- Promoting infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH),
- Understanding and responding to trauma,
- Supporting children and family strengths, and
- Utilizing reflective practices and self-care.
Signing up for the Training
There are 3 steps needed to sign up for the 'Keeping Babies & Children in Mind' training series of workshops:
STEP 1: If you do not already have one, please create an account in the NJ Registry
Click on the screen above to watch a Video Tutorial on how to create your NJ Registry Account
Click here for Written Instructions on how to create your NJ Registry Account
STEP 2: To find out where and when you can attend the series of workshops, please click on Location & Dates of KBCM Training being offered in the 10 Counties.
STEP 3: Use your NJ Registry account to sign up for the training series of workshops that are being offered in your county.
For step-by-step instructions on how to sign up for each workshop, please click on: How to sign up for a workshop in Keeping Babies & Children in Mind training
Resources for Training Participants
Handouts for each of the seven workshop will be available here within the next few weeks, as the curriculum revisions are completed. Please visit this webpage several days before your workshop is scheduled in order to access and print out the materials.
For more information about the Keeping Babies & Children in Mind training series of workshops, please contact:
|Adam DiBella, Project Developer
Lorri Sullivan, Curriculum Coordinator
Funded through a Superstorm Sandy Social Service Block Grant from the NJ DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) recognizes that the key to promoting positive development in young children following a disaster is to help caregivers and parents understand the adverse effects of such a traumatic event on young children. Effective Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) education has been shown to improve maternal and child health, family functioning and stability, and child and family well-being; and prevent child neglect and abuse. DCF has allocated federal Social Services Block Grant funding for IECMH professional education/training and coaching to build local staff knowledge and capacity, and implement evidence-based practices that support positive social-emotional well-being and address the mental health needs of infants/young children and their families in community settings across 10 counties. The goal is to assist over 10,000 children and their families to effectively cope with the stress of the disaster, promote positive early childhood development, and buffer the negative impacts of the disaster.