Programs and Models

Programs and Models

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.


IECMHC and the Pyramid Model

Understanding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and the Pyramid Model: How do these approaches fit together and how are they different?

This resource was completed as part of the Center of Excellence for IECMHC, Phase 1. Many programs have both IECMH consultants and Pyramid coaches working together or in parallel. This brief provides information on how consultation and coaches fit together and highlights important differences.

All Hands on Deck: Partnering with Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Consultants to Implement the Pyramid Model

This product was created by the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations to explore the relationship between IECMH consultants and Pyramid Model coaches. The focus is on how consultants can support coaches in early childhood settings.


Designing an IECMHC Program

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 Model for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

This manual describes the background and detailed implementation activities for the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development approach to ECMHC as implemented in a pilot program in a DC charter school for Pre-K 3 and -4 year old classrooms.  The ECMHC approach is 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.

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.

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.