Help Me Grow (HMG) is a free information and referral line that utilizes 2-1-1 Connects Alabama to help connect families of children birth to age eight to health and developmental resources in their community. The 2-1-1 phone number is 1-833-939-0336.

Visit the Help Me Grow Alabama website

Access Guide to Early Childhood Services for Children and Families

NAESP Pre-K – 3rd Grade Leadership Academy

The NAESP P-3 Leadership Academy is provided in partnership with the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education. The P-3 Leadership Academy is a year-long program designed to promote and build the capacity of principals and program directors to lead in Pre-K – 3rd grade early learning communities.

Drawing from the strength of world-renowned early childhood approaches including Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Friends, Tools of the Mind, Bank Street College of Education, and Waldorf, these principles outline core concepts that form the foundation of quality early childhood education or “Ideal Learning.” Principles of Ideal Learning Programs

The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct offers guidelines for responsible behavior and sets forth a common basis for resolving the principal ethical dilemmas encountered in early childhood care and education. NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment

 Meal Pattern for Early Childhood

Alabama Pathways

Career Pathways Ladder for Early Childhood Educators

Early Childhood Playground Guidance

Community Helpers and Donuts for Dads                         Hopes and Dreams Chandelier Family Involvement Activity                            Importance of Play Article

Importance of Play Infographic                          Family Literacy Pack Instructions                              Family Literacy Packs

The Alabama Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (AAIECMH) was formed in January 2017 and will operate under the name of First 5 Alabama.  During this time, the AAIECMH became a licensed affiliate of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health®, a global organization that includes those states and countries whose infant mental health associations have licensed the use of the Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement® for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® under their associations’ names.

Purpose and goals of the Association:

• promote the healthy social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children from conception through five years of age through supportive and nurturing relationships;
• facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation among individuals concerned with promoting conditions that will bring about the optimal development of infants and young children;
• encourage the realization that infancy is a sensitive period in the psychosocial development of individuals and to promote education, research, and study of the effects of mental development during infancy on later normal and psychopathological development; and
• promote the education, professional development, and Endorsement® of professionals across multiple disciplines to increase the supply of early childhood mental health consultants to enhance programs of care, intervention, and prevention of mental impairment in infancy and early childhood.

Mission of First 5 Alabama to support cross discipline work:

 The mission of First 5 Alabama is to enhance healthy attachment relationships between children birth to age five and the adults who care for them through promotion, prevention, and intervention supports throughout Alabama's early childhood systems.

More information about First 5 Alabama membership and endorsement can be found on their website

What is Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E®/ECMH-E®)

Endorsement® is intended to recognize experiences that lead to competency in the infant and early childhood-family field. It does not replace licensure or certification, but instead is meant as evidence of a specialization in this field. IMH-E®/ECMH-E® is a registered trademark that indicates that a person has been awarded Endorsement® by their state’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Association, which is a licensed affiliate of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and meets the Endorsement® criteria. IMH-E® represents work with the birth to 3-year-old child and family, while ECMH-E® represents work with the 3 to 5-year-old child and family.

For more information, please contact Dallas Rabig, LPC, IMH-E® at or (334) 202-2717.

Alabama Partnership for Children: The Alabama Partnership for Children (APC) is a non-profit organization created to develop, design, and implement a unified approach for improving outcomes of children from birth to age five in Alabama.

Visit the Alabama Partnership for Children Website

Vroom: science backed activities in a free app that send parents activities they can do dailywith children ages 0-5 through regular routines throughout the day.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundation for Early Learning- Family Resources

 Joint Federal Policy issued by U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services


Policy Statement on Expulsion and Suspension in Early Childhood Settings

Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs

Policy Statement on Supporting the Development of Children Who Are Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Programs 

Policy Statement on Family Engagement from Early Years to the Early Grades 

Policy Statement on Meeting the Needs of Families with Young Children Experiencing and At Risk for Homelessness