Early Childhood Mental Health
We are firmly committed to supporting and caring for children of all ages, including the youngest among us. We provide Early Childhood specialty counseling for young children and their caregivers at all four of our Behavioral Health Centers. Private grants also allow us to extend our expertise in consultations and training at preschools and daycare centers throughout Central MA.
We also provide referrals to additional Early Intervention services, and to supportive services such as Positive Parent Coaching, Pregnant and Parenting Teen Supports, and psychological testing.
- Children from birth to age 8
Overview of Services
The Early Childhood Mental Health team is staffed by clinicians who provide clinical consultation to parents, teachers, and administrators at day care sites throughout Central Massachusetts. The program’s purpose is to:
- prevent suspension and expulsion of preschool-aged children and children in after-school care,
- prevent the exacerbation of mental illness symptoms in young children,
- enhance the ability of adult caregivers of young children at home, school, and in the community to respond to challenging behaviors and emotional distress of young children by providing concrete strategies for use in multiple environments,
- enhance the overall mental health of young children,
- promote positive attachment relationships between young children and their adult caregivers,
- increase community awareness about the impact of trauma and toxic stress on the emotional and behavioral functioning of young children,
- help connect young children in need of mental health interventions with clinically appropriate services.
The Early Childhood Mental Health program is funded by private health insurance, the United Way, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), and through contracts with local pre-schools and childcare centers. Referrals for individual consultations are made by childcare center personnel.
Referrals for early childhood outpatient therapy can be made by contacting our Central Referral department at 1- 855-496-8462 (1-855-4YOUINC) or firstname.lastname@example.org.