Mental Health Services


Young children by nature can be easily distracted, impulsive, aggressive, and have a lot of energy. The only time that a parent should be concerned about these characteristics is when they seem to prevent the child from doing things he or she would normally be able to do. When any behavior starts to effect the child’s or family’s functioning, other resources may be necessary.

C.H.I.L.D., Inc. has a number of resources available should a child or family need additional support of guidance in times of added stress.

Short Term Family Intervention
C.H.I.L.D., Inc. has full time Family Advocates available to work with families during times of severe family strain related to parent/child difficulties. The difficulties may be severe enough to require a referral for intensive mental health intervention. Sometimes parents might question or feel uneasy about accessing more intensive mental health services. C.H.I.L.D., Inc. Family Advocates can work with parents to help concentrate on the difficulty and lessen the stress involved in getting connected to the mental health center.

Individual Child Therapy
Traditional individual child therapy is also available through one of our full-time, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSW). Through this program parents will be involved in choosing treatment options, and actively participating to maximize the gains for their child.

Health Services

Medical and Dental Records
It is the responsibility of each parent to provide documentation of up to date physical exams and immunization records before your child starts school. This information is required by state licensing regulations and is necessary for the health and safety of all children at the center. In addition, the information provided also helps in determining your child’s individual health care needs.  Annual lead and hemoglobin testing are also required. Each child should also have regular dental exams according to the dentists recommended schedule. Because of increasingly stricter state laws and insurance requirements, we ask your cooperation in providing all necessary records to us prior to your child’s entrance into the program.

Vision and Hearing Screenings
Good hearing and vision are an essential part of a child’s ability to learn. Vision and hearing screenings are performed on all children enrolled. These screenings identify potential vision problems and assess both middle ear function as well as hearing ability. The hearing screen is done in conjunction with the Women & Infants Audiology using the otoaccoustic emission screening tool. Vision screenings are completed by trained staff using RDE stereotest. Both screenings are simple and take less than five minutes to perform. If concerns with hearing/vision are detected, you will be notified and encouraged to schedule a full evaluation.

Health Education
Health Education is a process designed to help children, parents, and staff to know and to care about themselves. Additionally, education includes teaching healthy practices to promote lifelong health and well-being. As such, Health Education is interwoven into all aspects of the program including classroom curriculum and focuses on health, safety, and nutrition.

Health Check
One of the best signs of whether a child is ill is how he/she looks and acts. Daily health checks are conducted by the teacher upon greeting each child at the start of the school day. Parents dropping their child off at the center are asked to spend a few moments with the teacher to report on the child’s current state of health. This takes less than a minute to perform but helps to ensure the health and well–being of all children. If signs of illness are detected, the parent is informed and guidance is given as necessary by the teacher and/or nurse.

NOTE: If your child becomes ill during the day, you will be asked to pick them up early. If we are unable to reach you, we will call the emergency numbers you have provided. It is important to keep those names and numbers up to date with at least two (2) additional people who are able and willing to pick up and care for your child.

If a child is ill and sent home, he/she may return to the center after he/she has recovered or has been treated according to health policies.

Contagious Disease
Contagious diseases are very common in early childhood. The staff at CHILD, Inc. work diligently in preventing and controlling the spread of contagious diseases in our classrooms. It is important to be aware of the most common contagious diseases and their symptoms. A booklet is available to all parents which includes pertinent information on contagious diseases including symptoms, treatment, and when to return to school. If there is a child with a contagious illness in a classroom, parents of all children are notified and information and guidance are provided as needed.

Medication Administration Policy
Parents must provide prescription medication in its original child-resistant container, labeled with child’s first and last name, name of medication, date prescription, physician’s name, medication expiration date and storage and administration instructions. The order for medication to be given “as needed” must include specific directions for administration, including minimum time between doses, maximum number of doses and instructions for when to give medication.

Non-prescription medication must be provided in its original container with specific physician instruction. All non-prescription and over the counter medications must be labeled with child’s name, name of medication, dates, doses, time(s) to be given, expiration dates of medication, and initials of staff member who received medication from parent. 

Nutrition Services

Meal Service at CHILD, Inc. 
Nutritious meals are served as part of our program. The menus are designed based on the requirements and guidelines set by the USDA’s Child Care Food Program and provide 1/3 to 2/3 of a child’s minimum daily requirements for optimal growth and development. Children in our morning Head Start sessions receive breakfast and lunch. Children in the afternoon sessions receive lunch and supper. The extended day children are provided breakfast, lunch, and snack. Menus are posted in all classrooms, attached to the monthly newsletter, and available at each center for parents to take home. Menus are subject to change as a result of unforeseen circumstances, field trips,  etc.

Nutrition as Part of Classroom Curriculum
Meals are served “family style” in each classroom. Children are encouraged to serve themselves. Classroom staff sit and eat with the children, creating a pleasant, social atmosphere. A variety of foods are served daily to enhance the child’s mealtime experience and increase exposure to different foods. Foods offered include fresh fruits and vegetables, multicultural dishes, as well as familiar foods and newly introduced foods. Nutrition activities are encouraged in the classroom and are a great way to introduce new foods and teach children by involving them in the preparation and cooking process. Parents are welcome to participate in nutrition activities in the classroom. CHILD, Inc. will provide the ingredients. Birthdays are celebrated once a month in each classroom. If you have any questions about birthday celebration or would like to participate in a nutrition activity in the classroom, please discuss this with your child’s teacher.

Outside Food Policy
As a result of the major increase in life threatening food allergies among young children, it is our policy that no outside food is to be brought into any of the centers for any reason. This is to ensure the safety of all children enrolled

Food Allergies
A note from your child’s physician documenting the suspected food allergy is required to modify a child’s diet. Any child with a food related allergy will be posted on an allergy list in the classroom and the kitchen.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, CHILD, Inc as a participant and administrator of the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program is prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.