Learn about components of successful IECMHC programs, national programs and models and tools to strengthen your IECMHC services.
Empirical Studies on IECMHC Programs
What Works (2009)
This seminal reports summarizes the results of a mixed methods study that focused on six effective IECMHC programs in early care and education settings. A conceptual framework was developed which continues to influence the design of IECMHC programs nationally.
What’s Working (2018): IECMHC and Family Friend and Neighbor Care
This report summarizes work done through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development in 2018 to explore the role that IECMH consultants can play to support Family, Friend, and Neighbor providers.
Designing an IECMHC Program
- The Essential Activities of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Guidance for the Field from a Consensus-Building Study (2022)Through a Delphi study design—a collaborative, consensus-building approach—the CoE utilized IECMHC expert stakeholders from various settings to identify the core elements and activities of consultation. This resource not only brings universal guidance and cohesion to the IECMHC field, but also provides the foundation for a fidelity tool. It offers direction for programs and practitioners seeking to deliver equitable, high-quality consultation in any setting.
- Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Brief Report of Adaptations in the Virtual Learning Environment (2022)
AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter Schools serve exclusively 3- and 4-year-olds in the District of Columbia and receive Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC). ECMHC at AppleTree has been guided by the Georgetown Model for School-Based ECMHC (Hunter et al., 2016) with consultation at AppleTree’s early learning campuses delivered at the programmatic, classroom, and individual student/family levels. ECMHC services were adapted to AppleTree’s virtual setting in March 2020 and during the 2020-2021 school year. This paper describes the core tenets of ECMHC, ECMH consultants core competencies, ECMHC adaptations in the virtual settings at AppleTree, identifies the central elements of in-person ECMHC that remained consistent during virtual learning, and presents key points for virtually adapting ECMHC.
Creating Practice-Based Principles for Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services (2012)
Through a collaborative, consensus-building effort called a Delphi process, IECMHC expert stakeholders refined a set of ten practice-based principles for IECMHC, in addition to a definition for IECMHC and list of its primary goals. In lieu of a manualized approach, these ten principles are offered as an alternative measure of program fidelity to the essential elements of IECMHC, while also allowing for individualization across settings and communities.
Developing and Implementing a Program wide Vision for Effective Mental Health Consultation
This in-depth guide provides guidance and support for early childhood program administrators with respect to ensuring IECMHC in implemented in coordination with a wide vision for the center. It includes specific guidance on programmatic elements of IECMHC from hiring to supporting consultants.
Designing an IECMHC Program: Four Essential Building Blocks (Accompanying Worksheet)
Designing an IECMHC program is complicated and requires careful planning through a coordinated team of stakeholders. These two parallel resources simplify the design of IECMHC programs into four building blocks and provides guidance for how to explore each of these areas. A worksheet was created to help programs assess what has been completed and track progress.
Sample Needs Assessment
Conducting a needs assessment with stakeholders is a crucial first step in designing an IECMHC program. This resource provides a comprehensive overview and template of the necessary areas for data collection to complete a needs assessment specific to IECMHC program development.
The Georgetown Manual for School-Based Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services
This manual describes a framework to the provision of ECMHC in school settings. Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development articulated this framework for ECMHC as implemented in a pilot program in a DC charter school for Pre-K 3- and 4-year-old classrooms. ECMHC services are organized into phases and described at multiple levels: child-/family-focused, classroom-focused, and programmatic consultation. The Appendix contains foundational materials describing the GU practice-based principles for ECMHC as well as tools to gather ECMHC data on children and classrooms. This document is intended as a resource that could aid other programs in the development of their manuals, though program manuals go beyond this content to also include site-specific implementation details.
A Day in the Life of an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
This resource contains a series of real-life vignettes that describe the different phases of the work that a MHC may encounter in the course of an average day. Reflective questions are included that make this a great resource for on-boarding a new consultant.