The Early Childhood Council is working to improve the mental and behavioral health outcomes of young children and their caregivers. They continue to expand their focus on infant and early childhood mental health with the addition of the state-funded Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation team. Research has shown that implementing social-emotional programming, including Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation in early childhood environments, is an effective primary prevention strategy, as these programs reduce risk factors that lead to poor mental health outcomes in childhood and beyond.
“We are so proud of the work we have done in early childhood care, and we feel that the time is right for the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County to take charge of these efforts, ensuring our very youngest get the care they need when and where they need it,” said SummitStone CEO Michael Allen. “We look forward to continuing to work together to strengthen behavioral healthcare services in our community and provide the best outcomes for the young children in Larimer County, their families, and their care providers.”