About Us

Infancy Onward – formerly known as the Indiana Association for Infant & Toddler Mental Health – is a subsidiary organization of our state mental health association, Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI). Founded in 2000, we are an organization of individuals committed to strengthening relationships between infants, toddlers, parents, and other caregivers.

Infant Mental Health (IMH) professionals believe that the parent-infant relationship is central to the healthy development of young children. We are committed to the view that these relationships are influenced by:
  1. the parent or caregiver’s actions and experiences
  2. the infant’s characteristics and responses, and
  3. the surrounding environment
Infancy Onward Mission Statement:
To advance the conditions which provide an early start toward optimal mental health
 
Our Vision:
All infants and toddlers are entitled to an opportunity to grow, learn and develop in a way that enhances their social and emotional health so that they may reach their maximum potential.
 
What is Infant Mental Health?
Infant Mental Health is the developing capacity of the child from birth to age 3 to:
  • experience, regulate, and express emotions
  • form close and secure interpersonal relationships, and
  • explore the environment and learn
“All in the context of family community, and cultural expectations for young children. Infant mental health is synonymous with healthy social and emotional development.”
~Zero to Three Infant Mental Health Task Force