Professional Endorsement in California
Providers working with children prenatal through age five are encouraged to seek endorsement through the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health at WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention. Endorsement establishes a standard of excellence against which professionals can evaluate their training and experience, employers can assess the expertise of anapplicant, and consumers can make decisions about providers of services to their children and families.
The California Center Leadership Team
Housed at the WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention, the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Leadership Team is comprised of many of the initial working group members that began California’s early childhood mental health efforts and reflect the interdisciplinary nature of this field. The Leadership Team was instrumental in the development and implementation of the California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, Revised, the statewide endorsement program, and training programs to promote the core competencies of the Training Guidelines.
Working to assure the quality of infant-family and early childhood services throughout California, the Leadership Team represents higher education, infant-family and early childhood service delivery, reflective practice facilitation, training leadership and system change.
Origins of the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health
The California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (California Center) evolved from a rich history of research and direct service to infants and toddlers. As early as 40 years ago, professionals addressing the physical and medical needs of infants recognized the essential yet overlooked need to address the whole child—especially an infant’s emotional needs.