Making the Most - Handout 5: Finding a Mental Health Provider for Children and Families in Your Early Head Start/Head Start Program

Early Head start/Head start (EHS/HS) programs are required to provide a broad spectrum of mental health services. The services include mental health promotion, prevention, early identification of mental health concerns, and referrals for treatment of children and families. It is estimated that 9% to 14% of young children from birth to age 5 years’ experience social and emotional problems that negatively affect their functioning and development (Whitaker, Orzol, and Kahn, 2006). In addition, risk factors such as substance use, mental illness, and domestic violence can affect families’ ability to support children’s social and emotional development and may contribute to behavioral problems in young children (Brauner and Stephens, 2006). At times, referrals outside of the EHS/HS program are necessary to address the mental health needs of children and their families, when those needs exceed the scope of services offered by the EHS/HS program.

Preamble - Part 2

Examine the regulatory process matters from part 2 of the preamble of the 2016 Head Start Program Performance Standards.

Redesignation Table

Download this PDF for a high level crosswalk of the numbering system between the new standards and the previous standards.

National American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Collaboration Office Needs Assessment 2016 Survey Results

The purpose of the National American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Collaboration Office (NAIANHSCO) is to create statewide partnerships and foster working coalitions among all groups that support the AI/AN Head Start grantee population. As directed by the “Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007” (Public Law 110-134), this office has facilitated the improvement and expansion of services to low-income children in Head Start, as well as built linkages between local, state, regional, and national early childhood initiatives and policies. This allows us to facilitate more coordinated approaches to planning and service delivery for AI/AN Head Start communities.