ECMHC-VA is in its final pilot year, which goes through June 30, 2024. The VDOE has opened an application for proposals and will select a provider for new services by May 10, 2024. We encourage you to look for updates from VDOE in the Readiness Connections newsletter after this deadline.

Virginia Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Helping early childhood teachers and families promote healthy social-emotional development of children from birth to age five in Virginia.


ECMHC provides services to programs that support early childhood social-emotional wellness throughout the Central and Valley regions of Virginia.

Meet Our Team

ECMHC consultants will work with you and your child’s Early Learning Educator to help understand your child’s needs and assist with accessing community resources.


Have questions about ECMHC such as — what are the benefits, what the program format looks like, or where the program is being offered?

Programmatic Consultation

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The ECMHC team provides free leadership consultation and evidence-based strategies and resources to help reach your program’s needs. Whether through group or individualized sessions, ECMHC is here! All sessions are facilitated virtually.

What ECMHC Provides

Benefits for young children by supporting their educators and caregivers around:
  • addressing challenging behaviors
  • promoting social-emotional resilience
  • managing feelings, stress, and burn-out
  • improving teacher-family communications
  • improving teacher-child interactions
  • helping to prevent suspension, expulsion, and withdrawal

Getting Started is Easy


Refer a Child or Classroom

ECMHC consultation services are designed to address the social and emotional needs of children from birth to 5 years.

Fill out Referral Form

The confidential referral form takes 5 minutes. Provide your name, contact information, and some information about the child or classroom you are referring.

ECMHC Consultant Follow-Up

Our ECMHC trained consultants will review the referral form and will be in contact with the best format of consultation to meet the child’s needs.

"This program has been very helpful in introducing me to new strategies but also in reminding me of strategies I already knew. My consultant has been super easy to work with and is encouraging and supportive.”

Preschool Teacher

"My consultants were so informative about the program, as well as how to engage the children with their social-emotional skills. I also appreciate all the resources that they provided for our classroom and for the parents.”

Infant and Toddler Teacher

“Our consultant was able to help support my staff especially through our staff changes and challenges. We were both able to see the results of the goals for both my staff and students!”

Program Director

“[Teachers] threw themselves into their visit and often asked about when their next visit was. One of the things I also saw was that the teachers also immediately initiated all of the feedback that was suggested. This was a positive experience for our children as well."

Program Director

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