Head Start Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

About Denver Health’s Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Program

Denver Health’s Head Start Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation program began supporting Denver Great Kids Head Start sites in July 2008. We are a no-cost program that is funded by Denver Great Kids Head Start Colorado, Department of Early Childhood, the Buell Foundation, and Tony Grampus Youth Services.

Meet the ECMHC Team

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Sites We Serve

  • Catholic Charities Early Learning
  • Volunteers of America Early Learning
  • Family Star Montessori Early Learning
  • Clayton Early Learning
  • The Z Place – Sewall Early Learning
  • Denver Public Schools – Early Education
    • McGlone
    • Swansea
    • Whittier
    • Smith
    • Samuels
    • Montclair
    • Escalante-Biggs
    • Ellis
    • College View
    • Beach Court

Additional Information and Resources

Services Provided

Child and Family-Focused Consultation: A service that is for individual children and families only after receiving a program referral form for consultation by the head start center and legal guardian.

We provide the following services as needed:

  • Attending school meetings that pertain to this child and family.
  • Support the teacher or caregiver in completing and returning resiliency assessments.
  • Provide community resources and strategies for social emotional development.

Classroom-Focused consultation: Can be requested at any time, with or without child and family-focused referrals present. Consultants will provide classroom-focused consultation after the request for Classroom-Focused Consultation is completed.

The following are some of the services provided:

  • Attend collaborative meetings and/or team meetings that pertain to shared classroom goals
  • Complete a classroom observation using the CHILD (Climate for Healthy Interactions for Learning & Development). The CHILD provides guidance for establishing mutual goals and seeks to improve the overall mental health climate of the classroom.

Programmatic Consultation Services: Programmatic Consultation focuses on improving the overall quality of the program.

Examples of how we support programs:

  • Train staff and parent (caregivers) on mental health related topics
  • Address programmatic issues and/or identify and address program needs
  • Design and implement early childhood mental health best practices within the program
  • Consult with the director, assistant director, administrative staff
  • Provide Relationship-Based Reflective Processing (RRP) to facilitate reduced job-related stress and improve capacity to navigate the emotional challenges of work, while developing reflective skills in Early Childhood Education Staff.

Program Referral Forms

Child and Family Focused Referral - Parent Acknowledgement Form

Child and Family Focused Referral - Referring ECE Center

Spanish Child and Family Focused Referral - Parent Acknowledgement Form

Spanish Child and Family Focused Referral – Referring ECE Center

Newsletters

What is Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation?

Resources

Denver Great Kids Head Start

Colorado Department of Early Childhood