The Alliance is forming cooperative relationships with organizations whose missions and objectives align.  The Alliance is unique in that it's primary focus is on workforce development strategies for infant/young child-family professionals.


Erikson Institute: FAN Training

Erikson Institute is a graduate school in child development offering masters’ degrees in child development, early education and developmentally informed social work with a concentration in infant and early childhood mental health. Since 2002, Erikson has offered a post-master’s certificate program in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.  Erikson has developed a unique approach to relationship-building called the FAN (Facilitating Attuned Interactions).  The FAN is a conceptual framework and practical tool to facilitate attunement in relationships and reflective practice. The FAN focuses on the parents’ concerns and uses five core processes to help professionals better attune and connect with parents in the moment as well as increase their self-awareness and intentional use of self.  FAN training includes Foundational Training followed by a period of Facilitated Practice.  FAN training is applicable to professionals working in a wide range of settings including home visitation, early intervention, early childhood mental health consultation, mental health services, pediatrics, and child welfare. The FAN Training is a competency-informed training with 28 hours of content that is aligned with the Competency Guidelines® and can be counted toward the nationally and internationally recognized system, the Alliance’s Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-based Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®.  For more information on FAN training or the FAN Train-the-Trainer program, please contact Rachel Justice ( 

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Fielding Graduate University Infant and Early Childhood Development program

Fielding Graduate University offers a Ph.D. degree focused on Infant and Early Development, specifically related to  issues and challenges that arise in infancy and early childhood and is now pleased to announce its new Masters degree which focuses on infant and early childhood development with an emphasis in mental health. The Masters is designed for professionals from early childhood, mental health, health and early intervention backgrounds who can benefit from this program of studies.   

Fielding Graduate University is an accredited program for graduate studies in a variety of areas including Infant and Early Childhood Development and is a partner with the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.  In light of this collaboration, Fielding offers a variety of courses that address many of the competencies appropriate for those going on towards an Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health® including classes and supervised experience in reflective practice.   Coursework focuses on the development of strong infant and early childhood mental health leaders who envision how they might change practice and policy in the larger national and international arena.  

For more information, please contact: Fielding Graduate University.

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Ounce of Prevention Fund

Since 1982, the Ounce of Prevention Fund has persistently pursued a single goal: that all American children—particularly those born into poverty—have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life.

The Alliance supports & approves The Ounce of Prevention Fund’s online professional development training courses: Achieve OnDemand.  These online, self-paced learning modules count toward in-service training requirements to earn or renew Endorsement®.  While completion of these courses will count toward an Endorsement® application or renewal, they may not fully satisfy a knowledge/skill area.


  • Supervising Home Visitors
  • The Impact of Trauma in Supervising Home Visitors
  • Challenges in Home Visiting: Substance Abuse  
  • Building Engaging and Collaborative Relationships with Families
  • Home Visiting with Families During Pregnancy

Achieve OnDemand™ training offerings include:

  • Foundations of IMH Practice in Home Visiting
  • Basics of Home Visiting
  • The Impact of Trauma in Home Visiting
  • Domestic Violence in Home Visiting
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) Overview & Best Practices