Mental Health Services
Behavioral health is multi-dimensional and affects all aspects of the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. All of our Head Start and Early Head Start programs have mental health professionals on staff who provide a regular schedule of on-site observation, consultation and education to support healthy family growth and development.
Head Start Mental Health Consultation
Provides behavioral consultation and mental health referral and treatment services to children and families participating in Head Start and Early Head Start in Baltimore City, Harford, or Carroll County.
Eligibility: Enrollment in participating Head Start or Early Head Start Program.
Special Education Services
Our Head Start and Early Head Start Programs work collaboratively with parents to secure services from local education agency (LEA) Special Education staff, local community resources, professionals, and program staff. Enrollment opportunities are made available to children with disabilities through active recruitment efforts. The programs meet compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and 504 Law.
Within the first 45 days of enrollment, all Head Start and Early Head Start children undergo a series of screenings to identify any potential difficulties that could affect learning. In the cases where a child is referred for further assessment, teachers and parents are assisted in completing the documentation. Our Disabilities Specialist attends Admission, Review, & Dismissal (ARD) meetings and keeps the management team informed through the case management coordination efforts for the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) service delivery.
Head Start staff is trained to ensure that children with disabilities have their individual needs met. Parents are also offered opportunities to attend training regarding their child’s disability.
Program staff assists the transition into the Head Start program from a local Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) agency, day care or home setting. This assistance continues as the child transitions out of the Head Start program into Kindergarten. One of the greatest benefits to the Head Start/public school partnership model is that parents and children are completely familiar with the system and support.