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IECMH CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: Centering Relationships and Social Justice in Early Childhood

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health


14 Month Program Overview:

  • August 2023 (in person kick off event) to November 2024 (celebratory closing)
  • Multidisciplinary facilitators with diverse backgrounds and experiences sharing topics embedded in equity and social justice
  • 1 day per month of didactic and practical application of topic covered (facilitated via Zoom spaces)
  • Open to all Early Childhood Providers in King County ONLY

Young children are the most vulnerable to adversity and the most responsive to interventions because brain connections develop fastest in the first five years of life. This curriculum covers foundational principles of early childhood within a racial justice frame centering the voices and experiences of Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC).

Information Sessions

May 31, 2023 @ 4:00 PM please register here.

July 7, 2023 @ 9:00 AM please register here.

Curriculum Timeline

  1. August 24, 2023: In-person kick off
  2. September 26, 2023: Anti-racist Perspectives on Attachment Theory, Research, and Practice (part one)
  3. October 17, 2023: Anti-racist perspectives on Attachment Theory, Research and Practice (part two)
  4. November 14, 2023: Global Developmental Perspectives (part one)
  5. January 16, 2024: Global developmental perspectives (part two)
  6. February 13, 2024: Reflection and Integration 
  7. March 12, 2024: The Parent-Child Relationship is the Heart of the Revolution (part one)
  8. April 16, 2024: The Parent-Child Relationship is the Heart of the Revolution (part two) 
  9. May 14, 2024: Collective Wounding and Healing (part one) 
  10. June 11, 2024: Collective Wounding and Healing (part two) 
  11. July 9, 2024: Reflection and Integration
  12. September 17, 2024: Sensory Integration and Body-Based Regulation (part one)
  13. October 8, 2024: Reflective Practice and Sustainability 
  14. November 12, 2024Liberation & Advocacy (in person closing celebration)


***The application due date is July 14, 2023***