Child Care Council Inc. is launching a prevention-based, consultative service to help ensure long-term improvement in infant and children’s mental health.
The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation service is designed to equip caregivers with strategies and supports to strengthen children’s social, emotional and behavioral health development — early and before intervention is needed. Based on relationship-based practices, it employs skill- and relationship-building efforts with the adults in a child’s life.
The Council’s team of mental health professionals will work with child care programs to provide a caring, compassionate, responsive and effective experience to meet their programs’ individual needs. Its program is part of a statewide model of quality infant toddler mental health consultation.
“IECMHC will have a positive impact on the long-term mental health of infants and toddlers,” CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle said. “Through consultations between our mental health professionals and child care providers, we aim to strengthen and support children’s social and emotional development, which are vital for school readiness and for success later in life.”
The service is available in Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties. Call (585) 654-4740 or email r.shufelt@childcarecouncil.com for information.