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NEW NAME, SAME US (AND MUCH MORE) !

In July 2021 the funding for the California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation (CIBC) Network project moved to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) as part of the Child Care Transition from the California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division (CDE/ELCD) to CDSS and additional funding was dedicated to expand the Network. As part of this transition and expansion, CIBC was renamed the California Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Network. Coming in 2022, the IECMHC Network will offer an expanded suite of infant and early childhood mental health consultation resources and services to a broader group of early learning and care programs and providers. Keep checking back with us for updates on these new services offered by the IECMHC Network!

During this transition, our consultation services remain available to early learning and care programs and providers. Visit the IECMHC Network portal to access consultation services. If you are requesting consultation services for the first time, you will be prompted to set up an account to submit your request. You will only need to complete the IECMHC Network account registration process one time. Please note your username and password so that you have them available for future use.

We also encourage you to join us for a series of webinars that highlight key aspects of infant and early childhood mental health in early learning and care settings, both center and home-based. These informative, one-hour virtual sessions are offered at no cost. Links for webinar registration via the ECE Workforce Registry are included at the top of this webpage.

ABOUT THE IECMHC NETWORK

The California Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Network is a professional development project funded by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Child Care and Development Division, and is coordinated by WestEd. The IECMHC Network is designed to deliver consultation services, resources, and training activities for early learning and care center-based program staff, family child care providers, and family, friend and neighbor caregivers. IECMHC Network services are offered at no cost for early learning and care programs and home-based providers in California.

The IECMHC Network’s services are designed to build the capacity of program staff and care providers to foster the developmental, social, and emotional health and well-being of young children in their care. IECMHC Network consultants use a reflective practice approach to support program administrators, teachers and providers while exploring problem-solving strategies within the context of infant and early childhood mental health. Consultation provides an opportunity to consider all relationships influencing young children’s well-being, both adult-child relationships and those between the adults caring for children.

Areas of support include:

  • Promoting positive mental health and social and emotional development.
  • Addressing behavior that providers find challenging or concerning.
  • Focusing on relationships and practices that buffer against stress and trauma.
  • Developing a program culture that promotes the well-being of providers, young children, and families.