MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Classroom staff, along with the Mental Health Specialist, will provide daily classroom lessons on social and emotional development through the Second Step Curriculum and the Child Protection Unit. Staff will work with families to address concerns in the areas of social-emotional development, behavioral concerns, and mental health. Head Start staff will ask for information from the family regarding observations, concerns, and information about your child’s mental health. We will share classroom observations, appropriate responses to behaviors, and ways to strengthen nurturing, supportive environments and relationships in the home and at school.
Each classroom is visited regularly by the programs Mental Health Specialist. This specialist observes the classroom environment, classroom management, and interactions between teachers, between children, and between children and teachers. Additionally, the Mental Health Specialist will talk with the classroom teachers about concerns regarding children’s behavior, interactions, and mental health. With parent/guardian permission, the specialist can observe and work with individual children and parents, in the classroom and/or in the home. Occasionally, children and/or families require the services of outside mental health providers. Staff can facilitate a referral to these agencies for evaluation and treatment if necessary.
If you have any questions regarding the mental health of your child or a family member, you may talk to your child’s teacher or family engagement worker, or the Mental Health Specialist.
Mental Health Specialist
Shaunaca James, LPC, NCC, BSC
(717) 337-1337 ext 236
Classrooms are available in the following areas:
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