Learn about disparities in the experiences of young children of color and children from other marginalized communities in early childhood settings; discover strategies for IECMHC to impact early childhood professionals’ beliefs, attitudes, and practices to support more effective caregiving for all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, class, or a myriad of demographic characteristics; and better understand policies and procedures, including data collection and analysis procedures, to bridge disparities.


IECMHC Racial Equity Toolkit

The new IECMHC Racial Equity Toolkit is a collection of videos, tools, and resources that can help consultation systems leaders and all IECMHC practitioners build capacity in understanding race and systemic racism, bias, and culturally responsive practice and meaningfully embed equity in their programs and practice.

Equity Chat Series

The Equity Chat Series is designed to provide a forum to further dialogue on equity topics in order to support more equitable systems and strengthen culturally responsive IECMHC practices to reduce disparities and improve child outcomes.

2021 Equity in IECMHC Webinar Series

Due to high demand, we are re-airing our Equity in IECMHC webinar series, which originally aired during the Spring/Summer 2020. A live Q&A will take place at the conclusion of the webinar with Children’s Equity Project Partners. Space is limited.

Beyond the 101: Equity, Disparity & Bias

This module provides a snapshot introduction to issues of equity, disparity, and racial bias in early care and education systems, and identifies what IECMH consultants can do to support more equitable learning environments in their work with children, families, and practitioners.

2020 Equity in IECMHC Webinar Series

The purpose of the webinar series is to promote equity through IECMHC by building awareness of the impact of institutional racism and other forms of bias on the experiences of children and families from marginalized communities, identifying policies that support more equitable systems, and strengthening culturally responsive IECMHC practices that reduce disparities and improve child outcomes.

Reports and Position Statements

HHS-ED Policy Statement on Discipline

HHS-ED Policy Statement to Eliminate Expulsions and Suspensions

Preventing Discrimination and Promoting Diversity – APA Taskforce Report

This report offers evidence and examples of structural systems, organizational policies, small-group and family dynamics, and individual-level behaviors and attitudes that create or exacerbate discrimination and proposes strategies that can begin to address discrimination and its effects.

National Association for the Education of Young Children Equity Position Statement

This position statement is one of five foundational documents NAEYC has developed in collaboration with the early childhood profession. With its specific focus on advancing equity in early childhood education, this statement complements and supports the other foundational documents that (1) define developmentally appropriate practice, (2) set professional standards and competencies for early childhood educators, (3) define the profession’s code of ethics, and (4) outline standards for early learning programs.

Defining Disproportionate Discipline

This resource from the Pyramid Equity Project describes common measures of disproportionality in the context of discipline.

Diversity Informed Tenets for Working with Infants, Families and Young Children

The Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children, and Families (Tenets) are guiding principles created to encourage the infant mental health (IMH) field to intentionally and mindfully engage in standards of practice that promote and strive for a just and equitable society.

Guidance and Application Documents

PBIS Cultural Responsiveness Field Guide: Resources for Trainers and Coaches

This field guide outlines an integrated framework to embed equity efforts into school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS) by aligning culturally responsive practices to the core components of SWPBIS.

Pyramid Model Equity Coaching Guide

This resource by the Pyramid Equity Project describes coaching strategies to support cultural and linguistically responsive practice.

Technical Assistance Toolkits and Resources

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center- Reducing Early Childhood Expulsions and Suspensions

Web page with a variety of resources and guides on preventing exclusionary discipline.

Race Matters Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help practitioners, and it includes fact sheets on Child and Youth Development, Family and Community Success, Public Systems, and the cross-cutting issue of the Media. It includes resources about talking about race, tools to conduct racial equity impact analyses, and many other tools.

Head Start Resources on Culture and Language

This webpage includes an array of resources for providing culturally and linguistically responsive early learning experiences.

Key Resources for Promoting Equity and Reducing Disparities

This compendium of Web-based equity-focused resources providers support for state, tribal, and community leaders who are engaged in conversations about disproportionate data on preschool expulsions and for awareness building.

CoE Working with Tribal Communities/Nations

IECMHC Resources for Tribal Nations

This web page was created to support programs, local governments and Tribal Nations in creating better services and systems for their infants, toddler and young children and their families through an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation program. The following listing and sections are to be used as a supporting reference for the journey to building relationships with tribal communities/programs, or for tribal communities to build their own IECMHC systems.

Webinar: Culture, Identity, and History as Sources of Strength and Resilience for Tribal Communities (2020)

This resource examines issues of racialized inequities and bias on the early care and education experiences for Tribal Communities, explores traditional practices and their role in healing and resilience, examines the commonalities of IECMHC and traditional practices; and identifies practices and policies to strengthen cultural responsiveness in IECMHC for tribal communities, in order to reduce disparities and support children’s healthy development. Webinar Handout – Resources

Overview of IECMHC Within Tribal Communities (2017)

This resource outlines general and specific considerations for IECMHC within tribal communities.

Key IECMHC Resources for Tribal Communities (2017)

This resource provides resources for tribal, state, and community leaders seeking to implement IECMHC within tribal communities.

Tip Sheet: How to Support a Mental Health Consultant Who is New to Your Tribal Community (2018)

This resource provides strategies for tribal communities and/or programs that are starting work with a mental health consultant who is new to the community.

CoE Working with Special Populations

Supporting Children in Foster Care through IECMHC in ECE Settings.

This brief focuses on how infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) can mitigate the challenges these children face, as well as the challenges that early childhood education (ECE) teachers and other program staff face in providing the best possible care for them.

This product was developed [in part] under grant number 1H79SM082070-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.