The California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation (CIBC) Network consultant model reflects a relationship-based orientation that emphasizes strengthening relationships among early care and education providers, parents, children and representatives of community systems and resources. When early care and education providers are provided with tools, resources, reflective opportunities and problem-solving support, they are better equipped to provide healthy learning environments for all children in their programs.

The California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation (CIBC) Network is aligned with California’s social-emotional learning foundations for infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children.

Guiding principles include cultural competency and strategies that focus on teacher/provider and child strengths.

Reflective practice in CIBC is the process that consultants use with the teachers and providers to help them connect their child development knowledge and experience in order for them to respond rather than react to children’s challenging behaviors and special needs.

Reflective practice in the context of CIBC is the partnering relationship between the consultant and the administration, teachers or providers. Think about the classroom or family child care environment, the curriculum and routines, staff roles, expectations, and responses to children’s behavior are often topics for reflective conversation and action planning.