Child Care Action Council

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

Reference ID : 26799
Location : Olympia, WA
Category : Education/Training
Job Type : Full Time



The mission of Child Care Action Council is to promote and nurture early learning communities where families and children thrive.


Position Title: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant (full-time)

Reports to:  CCAC Early Achievers Regional Coordinator

Office Location: TBD (majority of services provided in Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor counties)

Status:  Non-Exempt

Starting Salary: Typically, $62,655-$65,570

Benefits: Health insurance (80% employer paid,) dental and vision are provided starting the 1st day of the month following hire. Employer paid retirement plan, paid sick, vacation and holidays provided.


Purpose of Position:

The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant is responsible for partnering with early childhood professionals for the purpose of strengthening the capacity of staff, families, programs and systems to promote optimal social/emotional development and to prevent, identify and reduce the impact of mental health challenges among children and families.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Provide on-site and virtual Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation(IECMHC) at selected childcare sites, to include travel throughout these counties: Primarily, Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor. Consultation services to include but may not be limited to:

  • Child/Family Consultation: working collaboratively with providers and parents to assess, understand and address child/family needs through the development of individualized plans that are culturally attuned
  • Classroom Consultation: working collaboratively with teachers and coaches to address attitudes, beliefs, practices and conditions affecting the quality of relationships between adults and children
  • Program Consultation: consulting with administrators, directors and leaders to support changes in site practice and policy to benefit all children, families and adults in the early learning setting

Provide Mental Health Consultation Activities to include but may not be limited to:

  • Classroom observations
  • Supporting reflection and problem-solving to build adults' capacity to address child/family, classroom, programmatic and systemic concerns
  • Implementing screening, and providing resources and referrals for children, families and site staff
  • Providing trainings for site staff and administrators on topics such as trauma informed care, understanding and managing challenging behavior, expulsion prevention and inclusionary practices, stress management and self-care and others as appropriate

Maintain provider, family, and child confidentiality

Collaborate with regional Early Achievers coaches in the work of supporting providers with children's challenging behaviors as well as efforts to prevent expulsion of children from childcare and early learning settings; support activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Training on appropriate and mental health related topics
  • Consultation with coach groups/communities of practice regarding material covered in training and/or to provide group reflective consultation
  • Joint site visits with coaches to provide initial assessment/impressions and consultation to determine whether on-site IECMHC services are warranted
  • Providing resources, materials, information or referrals for coaches

Complete reports and manage data as needed on an ongoing basis

Assist with deliverable and reporting requirements

Collaborate with peers:

  • Attend reflective practice sessions with other MHCs as scheduled
  • Attend Early Achievers team meetings as needed
  • Attend monthly CCAC staff meetings

Collaborate with community partners:

  • Engage with regional/community/tribal early learning and behavioral health partners to build connections and establish regional referral options for children, families and providers
  • Identify regional strengths/opportunities and service gaps/barriers
  • Engage with other MHCs (including Head Start/ECEAP/IT) to work toward long term goal of a coordinated approach in IECMHC

Other duties as assigned


  • Master's Degree or Doctorate in Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Psychology, clinical licensure or license-eligible; Note: Candidates with an advanced degree such as Master's in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and/or Infant Mental Health Endorsement, and/or previous experience in delivering IECMHC and/or early education, may be considered if candidate is not a license eligible mental health professional
  • A minimum of 3 years experience in mental health field (candidates with experience with young children (birth- 5) and IMH endorsement will be prioritized).
  • Knowledge of birth to 5 development and developmentally appropriate practice
  • Two years of experience working with infants, toddlers and/or preschool age children in a group setting
  • Professional experience coaching or mentoring others
  • Knowledge of local early learning, family, and child resources
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent listening skills with the ability to give and receive critical feedback
  • Experience using a computer for communication, documentation and research
  • Ability to pass a thorough background check

  • Have the ability to work occasional night and weekend hours
  • Successfully pass a thorough background check
  • Hold a current, valid driver's license
  • Have reliable personal transportation and vehicle liability insurance

Nice To Haves

Additional desired qualifications:

  • Experience working with the WA QRIS Early Achievers Framework
  • Professional experience coaching or mentoring others in the field of early learning


Health insurance (75% employer paid,) dental and vision are provided starting the 1st day of the month following hire. Employer paid retirement plan, paid sick, vacation and holidays provided.

About Us

Our Mission

Child Care Action Council's mission

is to promote and nurture early learning communities

where children and families thrive.

Salary : $30.12 to $31.52/Hr
Minimum Education : Master
Job Type : Full Time
Remote Type : Temporary Remote (COVID-19)
Category : Education/Training
Minimum Experience : 3 Yrs
Location : Olympia, WA

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