Early Childhood Family Associate (ECFA) – for individuals whose primary focus is promotion of infant or early childhood mental health. This includes child care workers, non-profit coordinators, play group leaders, lactation specialists, doulas, school counselors, and many others. This category is also available for professionals who may fit into a different category of Endorsement but do not yet meet all of the eligibility requirements.
Requirements for ECFA Endorsement®
Membership in Infancy Onward
Code of Ethics
Reflective Supervision or Consultation (RSC)
Ready for your ECFA Endorsement®?
This is just a summary; for the full description of the requirements by Endorsement® category, please consult the Competency Guidelines®
ECFA applicants need to meet the Education OR the Work requirement they do not need to meet both.
For ECFA applicants, volunteer experience may meet the work criterion if it was a) supervised experience with young children & families AND b) included specialized training. *Examples include CASA or Child Life Specialist.