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Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Children and Families


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The early childhood education team works closely with staff and parents to meet the mental health needs of children and families.

For young children, good mental health means being able to develop secure, trusting relationships, expressing emotions appropriately and interacting with others.

All children have a social/emotional screening to identify any possible need for services (skill-building, emotional identification, behavior support, counseling services). Head Start contracts with mental health providers in the community to provide services for families. Your Family Service Staff or Teacher can assist you to do this.

The following services are available:


An ASQ-SE (social-emotional screening tool) is completed for each child within 45 days of enrollment.


With parental/guardian permission, individual child observations are done by a mental health professional when there are mental health concerns. Consultation is available to parents, teachers, family advocates, and any other staff working with children.

The early childhood education team also does classroom-wide observation and consultation. This provides additional screening and identification of children with mental health needs. Additionally, teachers receive support on how to address individual and classroom-wide mental health issues.

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The early childhood education team provides referrals to children and families in need of counseling. Our collaborating agencies have experience with the mental health needs of young children and their families.


Documents - Mental Health

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Screening English
Inventory of Practices by Category English
Permission for Additional Services Bilingual
Points To Remember When Arranging Counseling Services English Spanish
Tips on Temperment (Spanish) Spanish
What is Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Consultation? English