The earliest years of a child’s life set the stage for life-long achievement. How do we ensure that every child receives the emotional, social, and behavioral support needed for success in school and life?
EDC is supporting families, teachers, caregivers, and health care workers through its leadership of the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC). A prevention-based, indirect service, IECMHC pairs mental health specialists with families and professionals, building their capacity to support the healthy social and emotional development of young children.
EDC’s support of IECMHC ensures that more early care, education, and home-visiting programs can access the assistance they need and that new research on early childhood mental health is applied in the field.
EDC supports the work of IECMHC through the following activities:
- Develop tools and define best practices in infant and early childhood mental health consultation services, and support implementation and infrastructure building within states, tribal nations, and communities
- Provide intensive training and technical assistance to over 15 states and tribal nations, supporting them in successfully implementing, funding, evaluating, and sustaining infant and early childhood mental health consultation services
- Promote the profile of infant and early childhood mental health consultation services to stakeholders across the country