5th annual
NCIMHA Conference and Annual Meeting


Building Adult Capabilities to Promote Early Childhood Mental Health

7:30am – 4:15pm
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William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

The North Carolina Infant and Young Child Mental Health Association was founded five years ago with a mission to “promote a strong foundation for infants, toddlers, young children and their caregivers through public awareness, advocacy and professional development.” This year’s conference will focus on building adult capabilities – of parents and of the early childhood workforce across all disciplines – to provide a foundation of nurturing relationships and and positive experiences. Together, we will celebrate our accomplishments and provide updates on recent initiatives, including the piloting of mental health core competencies for the multidisciplinary early childhood workforce.


Keynote Speaker Dr. Kate Gallagher

We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker, Kathleen (Kate) Gallagher. She will speak on the well-being of early childhood professionals and its importance for working with young children and families. Dr. Gallagher is the newly appointed Williams Endowed Community Chair for Early Childhood Education and the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. Known for her dynamic presentations, Dr. Gallagher has derived two TED Talks and presented in the U.S. and internationally on research, practice and policy the support the well-being of children, families and the professionals who work with them.

Breakout Sessions

Break-out sessions will include role specific networking opportunities, as well as a variety of sessions focused on practical skills, evidence-based approaches and resources to promote resilience and emotional well-being in adults and the children they nurture.


Sponsored by North Carolina Infant/Young Child Mental Health Association