About us


AimEarlyIdaho believes RELATIONSHIPS MATTER. Our vision is to support systems within the State of Idaho that support relationships for all infants, toddler, young children, family members and providers of services to those individuals to optimally support those relationships. It is the vision of AimEarlyIdaho to support systems of care within the State of Idaho that provide the optimal opportunity for infants, toddlers, and young children to experience secure relationships with their primary care providers in order to promote healthy social-emotional development.


AimEarlyIdaho is devoted to the development of an infrastructure within Idaho which supports the importance of the myriad of relationships that support the optimal social and emotional development of infants, toddlers, and young children. Aim Early Idaho is a member of The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and as such holds the Endorsement® license for the State of Idaho.  The Endorsement® is available to individuals who work in the field of early childhood in a variety of settings.  Endorsement®  is an important part of the needed infrastructure within Idaho to support Idaho’s youngest citizens and their families.

Healthy social and emotional development, also known as Infant Mental Health, refers to a child’s capacity to experience, manage, and express a full range of positive and negative emotions; develop close, satisfying relationships with others; and actively explore environments and learn (Zero to Three). Social and emotional development is an integral part of the foundation that helps guide a young child into adulthood and is firmly tied to every other area of development—physical growth and health, communication and language development, cognitive skills, and early relationships. Early childhood social and emotional development is influenced by biology, environment and relationships that exist between a small group of consistent caregivers and a child.

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To learn more about Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health  …. UNDER CONSTRUCTION


Still Face Experiment

The First Five Years

Holding The Baby In Mind

Meet our board

Carol Grise

Carol GrisePresident, Endorsement Chair & Coordinator




Cathie Johnson

Cathie JohnsonSecretary


Hortencia Lemus

Hortencia LemusTreasurer



VACANTParent Representative

Sue Harpold

Sue HarpoldMember-at-Large


VACANTEarly Childhood Professional


VACANTHigher Education Representative

Phyllis Vernon

Phyllis VernonMember-at-Large, Governance Chair

Ami Owen

Ami OwenMental Health Professional

Christy Cronheim

Christy CronheimState Government Liaison

Jessica Smith-Fisher

Jessica Smith-FisherPast-President



VACANTStudent Liaison

Jill Carroll

Jill CarrollMember-at-Large

Connie Kreps

Connie KrepsMember-at-Large