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.

Visit the Help Me Grow Alabama website

Access Guide to Early Childhood Services for Children and Families

                                    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.

For more information, please see the First 5 Alabama flier here.

Smart Start 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 Smart Start 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