The Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) promotes the widespread adoption of mental health consultation as an effective approach to supporting the social and emotional development of young children. IECMHC builds adults’ skills in order to best equip them to promote social and emotional development, prevent behavioral issues, and address developmental challenges among infants and young children. The Center of Excellence offers interactive planning tools, guides, videos, and other resources to help states, tribes, and communities expand their mental health consultation efforts, including helping to build the evidence base through rigorous evaluation efforts.
The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox offers free interactive planning tools, guides, videos, and other resources to support IECMHC efforts in states, tribes, and communities. Adults who work with young children can support children’s healthy development, from infancy through the transition to school, by incorporating IECMHC and the resources in the Toolbox into early childhood programs. The Toolbox comprises nearly 60 original resources, including PDFs, interactive products, and videos.
IECMHC is a prevention-based service that pairs a mental health consultant with families and adults who work with infants and young children in the different settings where they learn and grow, such as child care, preschool, and their home. The aim is to build adults’ capacity to strengthen and support the healthy social and emotional development of children―early and before intervention is needed.
About the Center of Excellence
The Center of Excellence for IECMHC supports states, tribes, and communities in using IECMHC as a tool for promoting mental health and school readiness. The overarching goal of the Center of Excellence is to increase the awareness, adoption, and broad-based implementation of IECMHC. The center offers a number of resources in support of this goal.
Podcasts & Webinars
The Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) produces podcasts and webinars featuring experts in the field on a variety of topics related to mental health consultation.