The Early Childhood Mental Health Program has been making a difference in the lives of young children and their families for over four decades. Our mission is:
To foster healthy development in infants and young children who are at risk, abused, neglected, emotionally disturbed, or affected by family substance abuse, by providing comprehensive mental health treatment and early education services to them and to their families.
Our trained and licensed social workers, family therapists, psychologists, and preschool teachers fulfill this mission through an array of services. But regardless of the manner in which we work, our goal remains the same: to strengthen, support, and nurture families struggling with issues that can accompany poverty, lack of education, substance abuse, and other life stressors.
Neglect, abuse, exposure to drugs—these and other traumas can not only stunt emotional development but can physically alter the structure of a child’s brain. Healthy brain development in the first two years of life is the foundation for mental health in the years that follow. Prevention and early intervention, therefore, can positively direct the path that leads to adulthood.
To learn more about our work please contact Lesley Sternin at (510) 412-9200.