Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (ECCP®)

ABH® and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) implemented the Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (ECCP®) initiative to create solutions together to address young children’s mental health.

The Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (ECCP®) is a statewide, evidence-based, mental health consultation program designed to meet the social and emotional needs of children birth to five in early care or education settings. The program builds the capacity of caregivers at an individual, family, classroom, or center-wide level. It provides support, education, and consultation to caregivers in order to promote enduring and optimal outcomes for young children.

In 2002, the high rates of suspension and expulsion of pre-school children in childcare settings across Connecticut prompted early childhood stakeholders to include Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation as one of the initiatives funded by Connecticut’s Community Mental Health Strategy Board. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) implemented this initiative through a contract with ABH. ABH is responsible for the development and administration of the program throughout the state.

Contact Information:

To make a referral or for more information,
call ECCP at (860) 704-6378 or visit ECCP at www.eccpct.com

Forms & Resources:

Successes and Milestones

  • The ECCP program has been highlighted in national reports of the most promising models of early childhood services and is being used as a model for replication in several states.
  • ECCP is backed by three random control trials contributing to an evidence base for preschool, as well as Infant/toddler Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) (Gilliam 2007 & 2010). 
  • ECCP participated in Georgetown’s Study of Effective ECMHC Programs and is used to inform practices around the country. It is one of only a few ECMCH programs in the country serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Testimonials "We are so thankful for the services ECCP provides. Our center has been utilizing their services intermittently the past several years and pretty consistently this past year. Our ECCP consultant is the best! She is great with both the staff and our families and knows exactly what to say and do to help even the most difficult children. Our staff relies on her visits, guidance and workshops. Without this service we would have needed to terminate services for several children these past few years. We look forward to continuing our relationship with ECCP and look for their guidance to help some of our families in need of these crucial services in our center. Thank you for all you do!" Center Director

Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc.

213 Court Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Phone: (860) 638-5309
Fax: (860) 638-5302