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Child Care Aware of Washington now offers Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation to Early Achievers participants and the families they serve.

What is Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation?

Sometimes called social and emotional health, Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health refers to the emotional and mental health and wellness of very young children and their caregivers and families. Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) partners mental health professionals with early childhood professionals to:

  • Strengthen and support the efforts of families, child care providers and early childhood systems to promote the optimal social and emotional development of children
  • Prevent, identify and reduce the impact of mental health challenges for children and families

IECMHC supports the social and emotional well-being of children and adult caregivers, nurtures responsive relationships and can help with the early identification of social, emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges.

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Helpful links:

Center of Excellence for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Edward Zigler Center in Child Development & Social Policy at Yale University