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. The IECMHC Network now offers an expanded suite of infant and early childhood mental health consultation resources services and services to all early learning and care programs and providers across California.

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.

You can access “just in time” consultative support via the IECMHC Network Helpline by calling 1-877-524-2422. Live Helpline staff will offer one-on-one support for timely, non-emergency guidance regarding specific questions or concerns related to infant, toddler and young children’s social, emotional and behavioral health. We also encourage you to join us for additional services and supports, including webinars and workshops, open-door consultation sessions, and Community of Support series. All services are offered at no cost to participants. For more information and links for registration, visit the Events tab.


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.