ROCHESTER — Child Care Council Inc. is launching a new 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 also employs skill- and relationship-building efforts with the adults in a child’s life.

Child Care 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. The Council’s program is part of a statewide model of quality infant toddler mental health consultation.

“The [consultation service] will have a positive impact on the long-term mental health of infants and toddlers,” said Barbara-Ann Mattle, CEO, Child Care Council Inc. “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 Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Seneca, Ontario, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler and Yates counties. Child care providers interested in learning more about this consultative service can contact Rose Shufelt, director of the Council’s Health and Social Emotional Wellness department, at (585) 654-4740 or r.shufelt@childcarecouncil.com.

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