Health and disabilities program staff help teachers, caregivers, home visitors, and family service workers individualize services to meet each child and family's physical health, mental health, oral health, nutritional, and safety needs. Mental health professionals play a critical role in supporting positive adult child relationships; child, family, and staff well-being; and children's social-emotional development. These are central aspects of children's school readiness. Health, mental health, and disabilities staff also may work directly with families to support the development of children with disabilities, mental health needs, or special health needs.
Last Reviewed: June 2014
Last Updated: January 14, 2015