Holding Hope

Child Care Aware of Washington now offers Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation to Early Achievers participants and the families they serve.

What is Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation?

Sometimes called social and emotional health, Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health refers to the emotional and mental health and wellness of very young children and their caregivers and families. Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) partners mental health professionals with early childhood professionals to:

  • Strengthen and support the efforts of families, child care providers and early childhood systems to promote the optimal social and emotional development of children
  • Prevent, identify and reduce the impact of mental health challenges for children and families

IECMHC supports the social and emotional well-being of children and adult caregivers, nurtures responsive relationships and can help with the early identification of social, emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges.

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Helpful links:

Center of Excellence for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Edward Zigler Center in Child Development & Social Policy at Yale University



We recognize that current world events can be very stressful for families and may have directly impacted you. CCA of WA wants to provide a few resources, intended for both children and adults, that may be helpful at work and home.

Specifically, we want to draw attention to Piplo Productions, available in many languages and as read aloud books on YouTube. Once I Was Very Very Scared is helpful for children experiencing fear.

Additional resources for addressing violence in the news:

Zero to Three

Common Sense Media

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network