Head Start

Services provided by Turning Point to Head Start include:

Classroom Observations

  • Licensed mental health providers will observe children in classrooms to identify behavioral problems.
  • Written observation reports will be sent to the Agency Mental Health Specialist.

Licensed Mental Health Professional Assessments of Referred Children

  • Children may be referred for behavioral health services by parents, teachers or therapist.
  • Licensed therapist will meet with child’s parent/guardian at the Head Start site to complete a written assessment (including family history, strengths/weaknesses and clinical recommendations).
  • Therapist will consult with child’s teacher regarding child’s behavior.
  • A copy of the written assessment will be sent to the Agency Mental Health Specialist.

 Therapy

  • If follow-up treatment is recommended, licensed therapist will meet with the child for individual sessions at the Head Start site.
  • Individual sessions are scheduled approximately every two weeks
  • Written interventions/instructions will be given to child’s teacher and parent/guardian.

Staff Counseling

  • Employee Assistance Services will be available for Head Start staff as needed and as approved by Head Start Director.

Pre- and In-Service Parent and Staff Workshops (as requested by Head Start Agency)

Available workshops include, but are not limited to:

  • Mental Health Orientation
  • Behavior Management
  • Classroom Management
  • Behavior Interventions
  • Stress Management
  • Parenting Skills (especially for Early Head Start program)

Consultation with Teachers and Center Supervisors

  • Therapists consult with teachers and Center Supervisors on a regular basis.

 Participation in Federal Reviews

  • Therapists and administrative staff are available to assist in preparation for reviews.