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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: A Briefing Paper

HealthySteps, a program of ZERO TO THREE, is an evidence-based, integrated model designed to enhance primary care services for young children from birth through 3 years old and their families. Photo: Lordn/shutterstock

There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of using infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) for preventing and reducing the impact of mental health problems in young children.


IECMHC builds the capacity of providers and families to understand the powerful influences of young children’s relationships, interactions, and environments on their development. Children’s well-being is promoted and mental health problems prevented or reduced as a result of the consultant’s partnership with adults in young children’s lives. IECMHC can help schools, child care, and other programs reduce suspensions and expulsions and promote emotional and other important skills of young children.


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