It is a priority of ECO to support the mental health of children, families, and staff every day. Early childhood mental health is the same as social and emotional well-being. It is a child’s developing capacity to express and regulate emotions, form trusting relationships, explore, and learn—all in the cultural context of family and community.


The mental health of children and the adults that care for them is essential for school readiness.   ECO provides mental health support to the early childhood community through:  

  • Offering regular staff and parent trainings on how to support the development of young children’s social and emotional skills.  These trainings are based on the CSEFEL Pyramid model supporting social and emotional skill development in early childhood.  For more information on the Pyramid Approach click here.

  • Employing an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant who is available as a resource to staff and care providers in Summit County.  For more information on Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and how it works, click here.

  • Supporting the Early Childhood community to ensure that every child is screened for developmental delays.   Summit County has chosen the ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE as the tool used community wide to make sure that children who may have a delay in social-emotional skills, gross motor/fine motor, problem solving, or communication is identified and provided services. Helping children receive needed support services for delays happens through a partnership with Early Intervention and Summit School District.  For more information about our community’s process click here.

The following sites have additional information and resources to promote social emotional well being and inclusive practices for all children:

To inquire about trainings or ECO’s support of Early Childhood Mental Health please contact:


Jackie McKenney


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Early Childhood Options

330 Fiedler Ave Dillon, CO 80435

PO BOX 3355


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