MSPCC provides mental health consultations to day care centers (family or center-based) in 50 cities and towns throughout Northeast Massachusetts. Our philosophy is simple: early assessment and intervention promotes the best results for children. We give teachers and parents skills and support so that children (ages 0-14, with primary emphasis on 0-6) exhibiting challenging behaviors have an opportunity to thrive in a safe and nurturing environment at home and in childcare. MSPCC’s Mental Health Consultation program is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
Mental Health Consultation Services Include:
- Telephone and/or on-site consultation concerning social-emotional development and challenging behaviors.
- Individual child observation and assessment.
- Classroom observations to assess the environment and supportive social-emotional practices.
- Training and support in behavior management and classroom management techniques.
- Developmental, social-emotional assessment and behavioral screening.
- Individualized behavior support plans.
- Coaching, guidance, and modeling for educators and families.
- Crisis intervention when a child is in need of immediate services.
- Training on the CSEFEL Pyramid model, social-emotional development, behavior management techniques, and mental health topics.
- Mental health treatment and services including In-Home Therapy, individual or family therapy and care coordination
- Resources and referrals to supports and to specialized services
- To decrease challenging behaviors.
- To help young children acquire the social-emotional skills necessary to enter school ready to learn.
- To increase educator and family skills to successfully address difficult behaviors.
- To decrease the number of children suspended or expelled from childcare programs.
- To alleviate child and family difficulties through appropriate mental health services
Who Should Be Referred?
- Children entering a childcare program with pre-identified behavioral needs.
- Children at risk of suspension or expulsion due to extreme behavior.
- Children in crisis or in serious distress.
- Children who exhibit social-emotional or behavioral difficulties.
- Children exposed to traumatic situations or living in high stress family situations affecting their functioning in the day care setting
- Children who are at risk and in need of support services.
- Classrooms and providers in need of support with social-emotional and behavioral difficulties.
All early education and care programs, after school programs and family childcare providers in the Northeast Region can request telephone consultation, trainings, and resources. To request services please call (978) 681-9579.
Preventing Day Care Expulsions
MSPCC Addresses Early Childhood Mental Health
Increasingly aggressive and misbehaving in class, Ethan was on the verge of being expelled. His behavior had become too dangerous to other children and too disruptive for his teacher to manage. Getting Expelled would take him away from his friends and the stability of a teacher and classroom he was just getting used to—increasing his chances of falling behind his peers. At four years old Ethan was at risk of expulsion from his day care program.