Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC)
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation services are designed to support early learning professionals in a variety of settings, including Head Start, Early Head Start, preschool, home visitation programs, childcare centers, and in-home childcare environments. Mental Health consultation strengthens the capacity of staff to understand and respond appropriately to the social-emotional and mental health needs of all children and families. This results in decreased negative behaviors such as hitting, biting, tantrums, and withdrawal. Additionally, proactively addressing each individual child’s social-emotional needs leads to improved peer relationships, resulting in a calmer, more peaceful classroom setting.