ERIC Number: ED478228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Early Head Start Program Strategies: Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Families.
Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, Washington, DC.
Each year, Early Head Start (EHS) and migrant and seasonal Head Start grantees are invited to share their experiences in providing high-quality services for expectant parents and families with infants and toddlers. This report highlights how 10 Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start grantees respond to mental health needs of infants, toddlers, and their families. The opening section of the report discusses the meaning of infant mental health and what is involved in responding to mental health needs of very young children and their families. The report explores the Head Start Program Performance Standards related to mental health services and describes a continuum of mental health services from promotion to prevention to treatment, with program highlights illustrating the types of services provided. The closing section considers staff training and supervision as well as the management systems necessary to provide effective services, and includes program descriptions illustrating how a variety of approaches are necessary for a comprehensive professional development plan. The report concludes by pointing out that because of the comprehensive nature of the EHS program, staff have a unique opportunity to provide intensive, ongoing mental health support to families and that with professional mental health consultation and community collaboration, EHS programs have the tools to fully respond to the mental health needs of infants, toddlers, and families. The report's appendices include a survey for the EHS community regarding mental health approaches, a summary of Head Start Program Performance Standards related to mental health, and a list of 28 resources for mental health services. (KB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Childhood Needs, Family Needs, Family Programs, Family Support, Health Promotion, Infants, Low Income Groups, Mental Health, Mental Health Programs, Prevention, Professional Development, Program Descriptions, Standards, Toddlers
Zero to Three, P.O. Box 960, Herndon, VA 20172. Tel: 800-899-4301 (Toll Free); Fax: 703-661-1501; Web site: http://www.zerotothree.org. For full text: http://www.ehsnrc.org/pdffiles/mpsmentalhealth.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, Washington, DC.