Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox

Find tools that help states, tribes, and communities use IECMHC to promote the mental health and school readiness of young children.

The Center of Excellence's Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox offers interactive planning tools, guides, videos, and other resources to support IECMHC efforts in your state, tribe, or community.

Adults who work with young children can broadly support children's healthy development, from infancy through the transition to school, by incorporating IECMHC and the resources in the Toolbox into all early childhood programs.

A first-of-its-kind resource for the field of IECMHC, the Toolbox comprises dozens of original resources including PDFs, interactive products, and videos.

The Toolbox offers:

  • Information about the latest research and best practices for IECMHC in infant and early childhood settings where consultation occurs, such as home visiting, early care, and education
  • Resources and strategies on best practices to help fill the gap in areas where additional guidance is needed to advance the field of IECMHC

The contents of the Toolbox will be piloted in 14 states and tribal communities through expert mentoring provided by the Center of Excellence for IECMHC. The Center will leverage pilot sites' successes, challenges, and innovations in the coming years to continue moving the field forward. The Center also uses the Toolbox to develop products and webinars that share lessons learned and case examples.

Getting Started

Although it isn’t necessary to explore the Toolbox in a certain order, this section is a great place to start. Both veterans and those new to the IECMHC field can benefit from reviewing the clear definitions and distinctive mental health services for children and families in these documents and videos:

Equity and Tribal Considerations

Promoting equity and working with tribal communities are central to the Center’s work. These efforts have shaped much of the content contained in the Toolbox and are also worth exploring at the outset.

Learn more about the importance of equity in IECMHC.

Find information about IECMHC in tribal communities.

Explore other sections of the IECMHC Toolbox for additional guidance:

Last Updated: 04/18/2018