EARLY CHILDHOOD / HEAD START
Studies on child development demonstrate that the early childhood period is critical as the foundation for lifelong mental health. Disruptions in the developmental process can impair a child’s capacities for learning and relating to others, with long term implications ranging from the failure to complete high school to incarceration and even homelessness. Promoting mental wellness through social-emotional learning can have a profound impact on children’s lives as they develop social skills and the ability to regulate their emotions. Early intervention can be extremely beneficial to overcome obstacles, increase resilience and improve long-term outcomes.
The services offered to support mental health in early childhood include child observations for preventative screening or targeted support, parent consultation and workshops, staff consultation and professional development trainings, crisis management and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) support.