In efforts to effectively support young children with behavioral problems in early childhood settings and promote the use of positive behaviors, many communities have been using Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. A recent publication from the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development outlines the model and highlights its use in six consultation programs across the country where positive outcomes were demonstrated.
According to the Center for Mental Health in Schools (2005), the prevalence of clinically significant emotional and behavioral disabilities among young children ranges from 4 to 10%, with significantly higher estimates for low-income children. These statistics highlight the importance of the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation model. As an advocate for early childhood mental health consultation, I want to encourage you to visit the link below, which will take you to this recent publication. Please share this link with your colleagues and others who you feel can use this information to expand the use of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation across communities nationwide. What Works? A Study of Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Programs
Article contributed by Linda K. Likins, National Project Director for the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative (DECI). Linda has been a zealot regarding the need for high quality services for children and families throughout her entire career. She began as a teacher, moved on to direct a large multi-county Head Start Program in Western Kentucky and later built on her grassroots experience to become the Director of Governmental Affairs for the National Head Start Association. In this position, and later as Director of Policy for the National Center for Family Literacy advocated for early childhood and other issues that impacted the lives of young children and their families. She has provided consultation services for the National Head Start Bureau, the U.S. Department of Education, Proliteracy Worldwide as well as being active on many state and national boards including PBS Ready to Learn, National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, and Region IV Head Start. Linda joined the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative in 1997. As National Director, Linda has provided leadership to this national Initiative to create working partnerships among early childhood educators, families and behavioral health professionals to optimize the social and emotional development of young children.