Mental Health

Making the Most of Your Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services

Infant early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) is an effective strategy for addressing young children's challenging behaviors. At the same time, IECMHC supports young children's social and emotional development. The Head Start and Early Head Start program supports the IECMHC model through the Head Start Program Performance Standards. The Standards require that a mental health professional be onsite to provide mental health consultation. Learn about the role of mental health consultation in early child care and education. Find resources for effective strategies to help design, develop, or sustain your mental health consultation services and system.


Training Handouts

  1. Baseline Survey: Mental Health Consultation
  2. Types of Mental Health Consultation
  3. What to Know Before Training on Trauma, Adversity, and Resilience
  4. Philosophy Cards
  5. Finding a Mental Health Provider for Children and Families
  6. Head Start Program Performance Standards with a Mental Health and Social and Emotional Focus