Endorsement Requirements -
Infant Family Associate (LEVEL 1)
Education and/or Work Experience
Official transcript from Child Development Associate (CDA
Official transcript from Associate's degree (AD) in related area
Two years infant and early childhood-related paid work experience (include official transcripts from any college courses completed toward CDA or AD)
Minimum 30 clock hours of relationship-based education and training pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health. Applicants will include as many hours as necessary to document that competencies (as specified in Competency Guidelines) have been met.
Professional Reference Ratings
Three ratings from:
- current teacher, CDA mentor, instructor, or supervisor
- individual who meets OK-AIMH Endorsement Requirements at Level II, III, or IV.
- colleague or parent/recipient of services
Code of Ethics and Endorsement Agreement
Documentation of Competencies
Professional portfolio will document that competencies have been adequately met through course work, in-service training, or paid work experiences. Written examination not required for applicants seeking Endorsement as an Infant Family Associate.
Membership in OK-AIMH or another infant mental health association
Requirements: Preparation of a Portfolio
Education and Training
Minimum of 15 clock hours per year of relationship-based education and training, pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health (e.g. regional training, related course work at colleges or universities, infant mental health conference attendance). Documentation of training hours submitted with membership renewal.
Annual renewal of membership in OK-AIMH or another infant mental health association
Continuing Endorsement Recommendations
OK-AIMH recommends that all Endorsed professionals seek reflection consultation