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May is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month
 
May 6-12 is observed as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
 
May 10 is observed as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
 
This year’s theme:  Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma
 
Tri-County Community Action Had Start/Early Head Start Programs delivers the Center-base and Home-base programs, providing a full array of comprehensive services such as Education, Health, Dental, Nutrition, Mental Health and Services for Children with Disabilities.
 
The Center-base program offers a full range of services.  It provides education and child development services in the classroom setting. Head Start is required to fill 10% of enrollment slots to children with disabilities.  Children with disabilities are included in all activities, and they play and learn as all children. The Center-base program provides high quality services that promote a child’s cognitive, social and emotional growth for later success in school.  The program promotes responsive and effective teacher-child interactions. The Center-based program uses research-based curriculum and screening tools to support individualization and growth in the areas of child development.
 
The Home-base program also offers a full range of services.  It provides education and child development services through visits with the child’s parents, primarily in the child’s home and through group socialization opportunities.  In the Home-base program the goal is to assist and support the parent in being the child’s first and most influential teacher.  A Parent Educator visits both the parent and the child in the home on a weekly basis for 90 minutes.  Parent Educators provide parents with information about child development and role model educational activities that are designed to provide ongoing development of the child.  The Home-based program uses research-based curriculum to support the social-emotional development of the child and supports the child’s school readiness.  Parent Educators use the Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment tool to assess each child’s development and share information with parents three times a year, in fall, winter and spring during a home visit.
 
Parents are offered the opportunity to attend two group socializations each month to observe their children interacting with other children, to socialize with other parents and to participate in a parent education presentation.
 
Mental Health Professionals provide 3 classroom and 3 Socialization Observations throughout the year, to effectively identify and support interventions for families and to address staff concerns about a child’s mental health concerns.  
Individual Observations are provided for children as needed to assist parents and teaching staff in addressing concerns.
 
Head Start uses a program called Conscious Discipline to promote Children’s Mental Health, Well Being and Self-regulation skills of children, staff and parents.
 
Break the Stigma-Promote Children’s Mental Health 
 
I Wish You Well!
 
 
 
 
 

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