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Publications and National Highlights

Leading the Field

ECCP® is currently one of the nation’s leading early childhood mental health consultation programs. Many states have sought consultation from ECCP® and look to the program as a model program of best practice. ECCP® continues to lead the nation through continuous quality assurance and model enhancement activities. Most recently, ECCP® is taking the lead in developing a set of best practice delivery strategies that are utilized within the ECCP® program and that will be the basis for workforce development and further defining the field of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation.

A partial list of professional publications and presentations based on the ECCP® program:

2019   ECCP featured in the Connecticut Mirror: Program Aims to Reduce the Suspension of Connecticut’s Youngest Students. July, 2019

2018  ECCP is a member of the Connecticut Child Advocate’s Federal Preschool Development and Expansion Grant Advisory Committee, and participated in a LOB presentation on: Setting Young Children Up for Success: Decreasing Suspensions by Investing in Social and Emotional Development, in February, 2018.

2018 Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation:  Policies and Practices to Foster the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children, National Zero to Three Policy Publication. Highlights CT’s ECCP.

2018  ECCP has been accepted as an Evidenced Based Model in the National Data Base of Evidence Based Programs in “What Works Clearinghouse.” ECCP “Meets What Works Clearinghouse standards without reservations because it is a randomized control trail with low attrition.” Rated to “MEETS WWC STANDARDS WITHOUT RESERVATIONS.”  (see https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Study/84106 for details).   It is the highest rating for the What Works Clearinghouse.  February, 2018

2017  ECCP presented at the 24th Annual Together We Will Conference: Addressing Racial Equity in Early Childhood, on “Relationships Matter for Young Children: Connecticut’s Early Childhood Consultation Partnership.” April, 2017

2017  ECCP was highlighted in “Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Policies and practices to Foster the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children.”  Zero to Three, January, 2017.   This ZTT  publication provides an overview of early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC), current issues in the field, and possible future directions. The paper highlights the ECCP as one of the current programs across the nation related to innovations that are shaping the field. https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1694-early-childhood-mental-health-consultation-policies-and-practices-to-foster-the-social-emotional-development-of-young-children  

2016 ECCP is highlighted in a national document from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; "State and Local Action to Prevent Expulsion and Suspension in Early learnng Settings; Spotlighting Progress in Policy and Supports."  A snap shot of the innovative policies and support strategies State and local leaders around the country are putting into place to prevent, reduce, and ultimately eliminate expulsion and suspension practices in early learning settings.

2016 ECCP was profiled in a national project "Learning about Infant and Toddler Early Education Services" (LITES): Identifying What Works and Advancing Model Development.  The project was conducted for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

2016 “Connecticut Links Services through Early Childhood Consultation Partnership,” National Zero to Three Publication 

2015 National Conversation; Faith Based Childcare Settings and Expulsion Intersection.

2015 July; "Expulsion and Suspension Prevention Webinar"-Panelist Series 4-Using Data Systems to Track and Reduce Expulsion and Suspension"; US Department of Health and Human Services; US Department of Education; US Office of Civil Rights. 2015;

2015 January; ABH-ECCP-Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD); National Project: Head Start Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health; National Contributor for the Professional Development Continuum on:  Statewide system development (topics including: public and private partnership; workforce development; evaluation; cross system work; and policy). ECCP part of a team of national experts to develop a set of ECMHC Competencies.

2014 November; ECCP highlighted by My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative out of the White House that focuses on outcomes for boys in underserved populations impacted by ethnic and racial disparities.  HHS, ED and DOJ are looking to reduce the suspension and expulsion rates of these young children and are interested in learning about ECCP as a possible resource.

2014 What does an Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health (I-ECMH) Consultant do in the Classroom? Establishing Practice Standards for Delivering I-ECMH Consultation - 14th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland - Elizabeth Bicio, LCSW, Director of ECCP and Early Childhood Programs, Advanced Behavioral Health Inc. and ZTT Fellow.

2013 What does an Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health (I-ECMH) Consultant do in the Classroom? Establishing Practice Standards for Delivering I-ECMH Consultation Zero To Three. 28th National Training Institute (NTI), 2013, San Antonio Texas- Elizabeth Bicio, LCSW, ZTT Fellow and Advanced Behavioral Health Inc.

2012 Strengthening ECMH Supports in Early Care and Education Settings, ECMH TA conference call with States* June 27, 2012, 2:00 to 4:00 pm EST Strategies for Improving ECMH Supports in Infant-Toddler Settings.National Center for Children in Poverty and Zero To Three Policy Center (ID, KY, MO, NH, NJ, NY, VA)

2011 “Assessing fidelity for early childhood mental health consultation: Lessons from the field and next steps,” Roxane K. Kaufmann, Deborah F. Perry, Kathy Hepburn, and Frances Duran.

2011 National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), “Building Strong Systems of Support for Young Children’s Mental Health," Key Strategies for States and a Planning Tool.” June 2011, Sheila Smith, Shannon Stagman, Susan Blank, Christine Ong, and Kendra McDow.

2009 “What Works? A Study of Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Programs.” Duran, Hepburn, Irvine, Kaufman, Anthony, Horen, and Perry. Georgetown University August 2009. http://gucchdtacenter.georgetown.edu/publications/ECMHCStudy_Report.pdf

2009 Project Forum; The National Association of State Directors of Special Education – An In-Depth Policy Analysis “Early Childhood Mental Health Services: Four State Studies.” December 2009.

2007 IMPACT: May 2007 ”Reducing Behavior Problems in Early Care and Education Programs: An Evaluation of Connecticut’s Early Childhood Consultation Partnership.” Walter Gilliam, PhD. Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine.

2007 Early Childhood Consultation Partnership: Results of a random-controlled evaluation. Gilliam WS. New Haven, CT: Yale University; 2007.

2007 Social and Emotional Health in Early Childhood: Building Bridges Between Services and Systems, 2007. Edited by Deborah F. Perry, Roxane K. Kaufmann, & Jane Knitzer; Chapter: Infusing mental health care into services for young children: Connecticut’s Early Childhood Consultation Partnership.

2007 National Center for Children in Poverty: “Charting Progress for Babies in Childcare.” CT: Early Childhood Consultation Partnership, 2007.

2006 National Center for Children in Poverty: “Starting off right: Promoting child development from birth in state early care and education initiatives.” 2006, by Rachel Schumacher and Katie Hamm, Center for Law and Social Policy, Anne Goldstein, Zero To Three, Joan Lombardi, The Children’s Project


2012 Walter Gilliam, Tong Liu, Elizabeth Bicio & Ruibin Mei (2012/03). Early Childhood Consultant Partnership in America. Preschool Education Journal (Beijing), P16-20.