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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Your Program

Infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) is an intervention that teams a mental health professional with early care and education staff and families. This team works on ways to help promote the social and emotional development of the young children in their care. Explore these resources to learn how to support programs as they select consultants and enhance their IECMHC services.

Getting Started

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox

This resource offers free interactive planning tools, guides, and videos. Discover information to support IECMHC efforts in your state, Tribe, or community.

What Is Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC)?

IECMHC is an emerging and effective strategy for supporting young children’s social and emotional development. Learn more about Head Start's commitment to IECMHC and explore available resources.

What’s New in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation? (IECMHC)

The goal of a mental health consultation is to help educators and families promote the social and emotional development of the young children in their care. Explore this resource to find IECMHC information.

Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

The Center offers a wide range of materials that can help Head Start staff support families with practical guidance on effective ways to implement IECMHC. There are also resources to help promote young children’s social and emotional development, and reduce challenging behaviors.

MyPeers Mental Health Consultation Community

This online peer learning community supports Head Start leaders and related personnel (e.g., T/TA persons, mental health consultants, and policy makers). Join the group and share resources, network, and find support to enhance mental health consultation services.

Supporting Implementation

The Mental Health Consultation Tool

In this interactive module, review the role of IECMHC in your program. The module is divided into lessons with scenarios and video clips.

Finding a Mental Health Provider for Children and Families in Your Early Head Start/Head Start Program

Use this brief as a guide to help staff identify mental health providers who best meet a family’s needs, culture, and personality. Find ideas that can help families overcome barriers to gaining access to mental health support.

Facilitating a Referral for Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Within Early Head Start and Head Start

Explore this preventive, system-wide mental health consultation and training approach. This model helps to strengthen the capacity of Early Head Start and Head Start staff. Use these resources to work with families dealing with parental depression, and with children in classrooms and in the home. These materials were developed by the Family Connections Project at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: An Evaluation Tool Kit

This resource offers data to support the importance of investing in early childhood mental health consultation. Programs can use the resources in this toolkit as a guide to help design and implement effective mental health services for families.

Last Updated: July 16, 2018