Colorado Early Childhood Mental Health Support Line
Every child has mental health. Know when to reach out for support.
The Early Childhood Mental Health Support Line is a no-cost, confidential resource for anyone who cares for children under six. The support line helps families and caregivers to better understand and support the wellbeing of young children in their care.
The consultant on the line can discuss needs, brainstorm appropriate support resources, and connect you to consultation in your community.
Why should I call the Early Childhood Mental Health Support Line?
Everyone has mental health – even babies! Parents and other caregivers play an important role in building children's social-emotional skills such as making friends, caring for others, managing emotions, and resolving conflict peacefully.
Actively supporting children to develop these skills not only reduces challenging behavior but also helps build stronger relationships with children and their families. When you reach out to the ECMH Support Line you will talk to an experienced consultant who can help you understand what resources and supports are available, and get you directly connected to a team in your area.
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Early Childhood Mental Health Support Line, click here.
See the Impact Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Can Have
Other resources for supporting young children:
- Access ECMH outreach materials and a social media toolkit at EarlyChildhoodMentalHealthCO.org
- Learn about Early Intervention Colorado (ages 0-3) and how it can help families learn ways to support and promote their child’s development.
- Find a Community Centered Board in your area. Community Center Boards supports early intervention programs for infants, toddlers and their families.
- Check out Colorado's Early Learning and Development Guidelines to learn about the path of children's learning and development from birth to eight.
- Resources for supporting children through transitions including, transitioning into kindergarten, moving, death and grieving, and supporting children with special needs.
- Early Childhood Suspensions and Expulsion in Colorado: Learn more and view the infographics and handouts on the Department of Early Childhood website under the Promoting Stable and Responsive Early Care Settings tab. These materials are available in over 10 languages.
- CDE Suspensions & Expulsions in Preschool FAQ.
- Bipartisan Policy Center’s Addressing Harsh Discipline and Disparities to learn more.
Colorado Early Childhood Mental Health Resources
- Early Childhood Mental Health Toolkit
- The Right Mix to Support Social-Emotional Health in Early Childhood - Guidance document for community-based organizations to strengthen their selection of available social-emotional health supports.
- Parental History of Adversity and Child Well-being: Insights from Colorado
- Risk, Reach, and Resources: An Analysis of Colorado’s Early Childhood Mental Health Investments
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Tips for Professionals
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, helpless or need someone to talk to, Colorado Crisis Services offers free, confidential and professional 24/7 support. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255.
If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call Colorado's Child Abuse and Neglect hotline at 1-844-CO-4-Kids. Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately. If you have concerns about a child care program or would like to report a licensing violation please call the child care complaint line at 1-800-799-5876.