The Early Childhood Well Being Program specializes in working with young children, ages 0-8, who often do not have the skills or ability to clearly communicate their stress, problems, challenges, feelings or emotions and are displaying difficult and challenging behaviors in school or at home that can turn into more serious developmental, learning, or mental health problems. Behaviors and other concerns that the program can address include but are not limited to the following:
Withdrawn behavior (refuses to interact or talk, participate with other children or family members, stays to him/herself most of the time)
Anxiety (difficulty separating from adults, constantly worried or fearful)
Extreme sadness (rarely or never smiles or laughs or rarely interacts with other children, stays to him/herself)
Developmental concerns (seems to be learning less or slower than other children his/her age)
Attention span or over activity (more than just typical of other children his/her age – difficulty focusing, constantly moving)
Trauma or family crisis – recent major changes that are affecting the child such as divorce/separation, death of family member, homelessness; OR child has experienced or witnessed violence, abuse, accidents, chronic illness, domestic violence, etc.
Developmental or behavioral disorders (diagnosed or undiagnosed).
In order to avoid premature or inappropriate diagnosis, our staff work with the child’s family, doctors, caregivers, teachers and other service providers to ensure the child has access to any essential services that may address any difficult and challenging behaviors the child may be demonstrating as soon as possible through classroom interventions, home-based services, parenting, and working with teachers and other providers. Family Service Early Childhood Well Being, in collaboration with community partners to include wellness and behavioral health providers and schools, offers counseling, consultation, related support services, behavioral health training, and child policy advocacy both for children and their families in Family Service Head Start and Early Head Start sites, as well as other partner affiliated programs at no charge to the families.
Early Childhood Behavioral/Mental Health Consultation Includes the following:
Brief counseling for children and their families
Working in school and childcare settings to support teachers in addressing behavioral concerns; and, Collaboration with schools and other programs that serve young children and families
Consultation for early childhood teachers and caregivers
Consultation for parents and mental health providers.
Training for parents, teachers and mental health providers – workshops and training topics include mental/behavioral health, child development, parenting, self-care, guidance and discipline, trauma, special education and others.
Case management and support services for families
Individual and group parenting sessions
Advocacy – to address policies that affect young children’s well being and to access special education services.