National Center for Effective Mental Halth Consultation
   

Compatible Principles

The CECMHC shares compatible principles with Head Start and Early Head Start. The principles below guide the work of the Center.

  • The mental health of young children is intimately and inextricably linked to the well-being of their caregivers (i.e., parents, guardians, teachers, and other Head Start staff).
  • Efforts to promote positive mental health and well-being in children, staff and caregivers should be given equal weight with efforts to reduce problem behaviors and/or social-emotional distress.
  • Culture plays a central role in shaping young children's social-emotional and behavioral development, influencing parenting behaviors and understanding mental health.
  • Building the skills and knowledge of mental health consultants in Head Start programs will result in more effective consultation and better outcomes.
  • Strong administrative support for the importance of mental health promotion, prevention and intervention will allow effective practices to be adopted and sustained in Head Start.

Compatible Principles

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