Mental Health Consultation and Early Care and Education

The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) was a federal initiative that provided competitive state grants to support purposeful efforts to ensure that greater numbers of children with high needs are able to access high quality early learning and development programs, and that these programs are embedded within an integrated state system of programs and supports for young children.

Michigan was awarded this grant in 2013 in partnership with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Department of Education – Office of Great Start (MDE), Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) and Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC). This four year grant offered a one year no-cost extension year and concluded on December 31, 2018.

However, through continued state funding, MDHHS Mental Health Services to Children and Families is able to continue to partner with local Community Mental Health Services Programs to deploy infant and early childhood mental health consultants to support home and center-based child care providers in recognizing and meeting the social-emotional needs of young children birth to five in their care.

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