Early Childhood Mental Health Virginia (ECMHVA)


Early Childhood Mental Health Virginia (ECMHVA) is a statewide initiative focused on the development, implementation and sustainability of a comprehensive and coordinated early childhood system of care for infant and early childhood mental health serving children birth through age five and their families/caregivers and providers, that provides for increased access to and funding for a continuum of quality prevention, promotion and intervention evidence-based services that support the parent-child relationship and other key caregiver relationships and are linked to efforts supporting older children’s mental health services in Virginia. Values supported are as follows:

  • Engages parents as partners;
  • Provides high quality supports and services to families;
  • Is grounded in developmental knowledge;
  • Includes family and child centered practices and policy & cultural and linguistic competence;
  • Is infused into natural settings and services & relationship based;
  • Utilizes evidence-based practices;
  • Is linked to the substance abuse, domestic  violence and court systems;
  • Assures comprehensive mental health services for infants and toddlers in foster care and to the highest risk/most vulnerable infants and young children & their families in Virginia


Behavior Collaboration Communication/Language Developmental Delay Early Childhood Early Intervention Emotional Disability Infants & Toddlers Middle School Parent/Family Preschool Professional Resources Social/Emotional State/National Organizations