Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut (CFA) seeks funding for the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants (ECMHC) program. The primary focus of the program is to address the mental health crisis among the early childhood population in the region. The ECMHC team will deliver 3 core services to children in grades Pre-K through 2 at 17 selected schools: (1) curriculum support, (2) teacher support, and (3) community navigation.
The ECMHC program has three objectives, one for each of the core services to be delivered through the program. For core service 1, Curriculum Support, 67% of teachers who receive this service will report that the evidence-based curriculum produced a positive impact on students’ behavioral health, as measured by a 50% reduction in behavioral referrals. For core service 2, Teacher Support, 67% of teachers who receive this service will report feeling more hopeful about doing their job, as measured by 50% overall improvement on the teacher’s classroom self-assessment survey from pre to post. For core service 3, Community Navigation, 67% of students or families who are identified as individuals who would benefit from referrals for additional or related services will experience a warm hand-off to appropriate providers.
Given the scope of the project and the amount of students and family members who will be eligible for service through attendance in the 17 participating schools numbers in the thousands, the ECMHC program will have a significant and far-reaching impact on the region and the children and families who reside the Greater New London region.