Mental Health
Consultant's Role

In School Readiness

As the mental health consultant in the EHS/HS program you have an important role in contributing to children's school readiness. Whether it is helping a parent anticipate the behaviors in her child's next phase of development , working with a teacher to explore the meaning of a child's behavior [PDF, 957KB] (particularly children under 2) [PDF, 1.1MB], providing a training to staff on stress reduction , or discussing with a family advocate how to talk [PDF, 458KB]with a father about depression, the work you do every day directly supports children's school readiness. You are a resource to the program in many areas that directly impact children's progress on school readiness goals. Your knowledge and guidance on how children's social emotional skills and approaches to learning (i.e. characteristics such as curiosity, initiative, persistence, problem solving, attention, etc.) are supported in the classroom relates not only to children's progress in those areas but also to how well children progress in other areas like language, literacy, cognitive and general knowledge. For example, helping parents and teachers to regulate their own emotions so they can help children to do the same will help children increase their ability to focus, discover, and explore concepts in all areas including, but, not limited to: math, science, language, and literacy.

Read more [PDF, 189KB] for the highlights of specific ways you as a mental health consultant can support the school readiness action steps in EHS/HS. Understanding your program's school readiness goals will assist you in describing how the program's mental health services supports children's school readiness goals.

Last Reviewed: June 2014

Last Updated: August 28, 2014