Teller/Park Early Childhood Council

Kid Connects provides integrated health and mental health consultation to licensed child care centers, family child care homes, and Head Start/Early Head Start settings. Kid Connects has been providing these services in Boulder County, CO since 1997. In 2008 the first replication of Kid Connects was conducted in Weld County and the model is currently being delivered in six counties in Colorado.

 

Kid Connects uses a relationship-based integrated mental health consultation model in which early childhood consultants are based on-site in child care settings and in family child care homes. The Kid Connects model is informed by the latest research on attachment and early relationships, has a strong foundation in child development, and delivers effective, clinically sound, developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom setting and to families. Reflective practice guides our interactions with administrators, teachers/providers, parents and children.

 

The goals of Kid Connects:

 

  • To improve the developmental and mental health outcomes for children in child care settings
  • To reduce expulsions from child care settings
  • To improve the capacity of caregivers to respond to the social and emotional needs of very young children
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