4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care

Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

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Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

The Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant (I/ECMHC) offers support from caring professionals with early childhood and mental health expertise. We understand the stress and worry you face when the children you care for are challenged by behavioral, social/emotional, physical or learning problems—and know that you want to provide the best care to every child in your program. That’s why the I/ECMHC offers a wide range of services and supports at no cost to those caring for and educating children, including:

  • Strengthening skills to support a child’s healthy social emotional development.
  • Offering support in the development of partnerships between providers and parents.
  • Helping with problem-solving and working with parents on difficult issues.
  • Providing timely, helpful training.
  • Referring families to other services when needed.

Call us if you have questions or concerns about . . .

Behaviors of children, birth through age five, including:

  • Biting, hitting or head banging
  • Over-activity
  • Overly shy, withdrawn
  • Fearful, hard to comfort
  • Excessive tantrums or crying
  • Talking to parents about tough issues

Concerns for family problems including:

  • Alcohol/drugs
  • Depression
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Violence in the home or community
  • Divorce/blended

To contact the 4-C Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants:

Andrea Cossey, MSW
Call 815-758-8149 x286 or Email

Marquita Myles, MSW

Call 815-758-8149 x240 or Email



To request Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

For Training opportunities

Additional Social and Emotional Support



The Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Early Childhood is requesting the completion of surveys about Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (I/ECMHC) throughout the state. The surveys will help us collect critical data about the consultant’s role and requirements, caregiver experiences with consultation services, program administrator engagement with consultants, and home visitor collaborations with consultants. The survey responses will help support the placement of qualified consultants in underserved areas and the allocation of resources to provide comprehensive services. The surveys will be available through Tuesday, April 30th, 2024.

Please respond to the survey that best reflects your role in the lives of children and distribute appropriately to all members of your staff and to families who have received and experienced I/ECMH Consultation services.
Consultant Survey

Family Survey

Child Care/EI/Home Visitor Staff Survey

Program Leadership Survey