About us

Vision

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.

Purpose

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.

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.

Learn more

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

Attunement


Still Face Experiment


The First Five Years


Holding The Baby In Mind


Meet our board

Jessica Smith-Fisher

Jessica Smith-FisherPresident

BS, IMH-E (II)

Leah Niezwaag

Leah NiezwaagPresident-Elect

MSW, IMH-E (III)

Cathie Johnson

Cathie JohnsonSecretary

MA

Hortencia Lemus

Hortencia LemusTreasurer

BS

VACANT

VACANTParent Representative

Melissa Bandy

Melissa BandyMember-at-Large

MA

VACANT

VACANTEarly Childhood Professional

Ellen Neff

Ellen NeffHigher Education Representative

Phyllis Vernon

Phyllis VernonGovernance Chair

VACANT

VACANTMental Health Professional

VACANT

VACANTState Government Liaison

Carol Grise

Carol GrisePast-President

MA, LMFT, LPC, IMH-E (IV)

VACANT

VACANTStudent Liaison

Carolyn Kiefer

Carolyn KieferMember-at-Large

VACANT

VACANTMember-at-Large