In a time when pre-kindergarten access is growing and states are grappling with suspension and expulsion policies, many teachers and early care and education providers are searching for support in addressing challenging child behavior in the classroom.
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) is a promising strategy for building providers’ skills and reducing problematic behavior in young children in early care and education settings. However, for many funders, policy makers, providers, and recipients of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, it can be confusing to understand the different models of ECMHC and which one is the best fit for them.
ECMHC can lead to improvements in child social and emotional skills, reduce child challenging behaviors, changes in teacher attitudes and behaviors, and reduced expulsions.
The following brief describes three models of providing ECMHC: