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.
ZERO to THREE defines infant and early childhood mental health as the developing capacity of the child from birth to 5 years of age to form close relationships, manage and express emotions, explore the environment, and learn. Early childhood mental health is sometimes referred to as social emotional health. Children begin to develop social and emotional competencies early in life.
During this stage of life, it is extremely common for young children to benefit from receiving additional social and emotional support. Because of this, it is a federal regulation of Head Start to provide access to Early Childhood Mental Consultants. As a Denver Great Kids Head Start family, you have access to a Denver Health Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant.
Social and emotional development varies greatly in young children. If you have questions or concerns about your child's development, behaviors, or emotions please contact your consultant. If you have concerns of your own and would like to connect to someone to discuss anything related to your experience as a parent, your current stressors or concerns, or your hopes and goals for your child, please reach out to the consultation team.
A consultant is a licensed mental health professional with expertise in early childhood mental health and social-emotional development. Denver Health is contracted to provide Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation which offers Child and Family-focused Consultation, Classroom-focused consultation, and Program-Focused Consultation. Consultation is a support for teachers, children, and parents of Denver Great Kids Head Start programs.
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
Learn more about our team here.
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
- College View
- Beach Court