Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Program

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) programs provide services to address and support the social-emotional development and behavioral health of children in early education and care programs.

The ECMHC network provides consultation services that help support the social-emotional development and behavioral health of children in early education and care programs.

ECMH consultants provide guidance to programs, educators, and families on addressing the developmental, emotional, and behavioral challenges of infants and young children in early education settings.

Consulting for programs and providers

ECMH consultants can work in partnership with your program to:

  • Design and put in place program policies, procedures, and practices that keep the social-emotional and behavioral health needs of children in mind.

  • Strengthen early education and care environments to support social and emotional development.

  • Strengthen skills to identify children with or at-risk for behavioral, developmental, or mental health difficulties.

  • Change the curriculum and build behavior management skills to help children with a range of needs.

  • Implement positive behavior interventions and supports using evidence-based practices, like the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Pyramid Model.

  • Build relationships with families to support children in the classroom and their homes.

  • Develop strategies for staff self-care.

  • Keep children in your program or family childcare.

ECMH Consultation Services may include:

  • Classroom observations and strategies for creating supportive learning environments.

  • Training and coaching for educators.

  • Guidance for developing ongoing partnerships with families.

  • Individual observation and assessments of children (with parental consent).

  • Help with individualized behavior support plans for children, using input from parents and educators to prevent concerning behaviors.

  • Referrals to community-based services that meet the basic needs of children and family (with parental consent).

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