For children to thrive in school and beyond, it is essential to invest in the physical and emotional health of young children. Project LAUNCH, a grant program of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), seeks to do just that by promoting the wellness of young children birth to age eight. Using a public health approach, Project LAUNCH focuses on improving the systems that serve young children and address their physical, emotional, social, cognitive and behavioral growth.
This session focused on the five core service areas of Project Launch that address key prevention and health promotion strategies: developmental screenings and assessments in a range of child-serving settings; integration of behavioral health into primary care settings; mental health consultation in early care and education; enhanced home visiting through increased focus on social and emotional well-being; and family strengthening and parent skills training.
This webinar is appropriate for early childhood educators, social service providers, families, and public health providers.
As a result of reviewing in this session, participants will be able to:
- Describe strategies to address the social emotional and behavioral health needs of young children;
- Identify effective strategies for family strengthening and skills training; and
- Implement strategies to increase cross-system integration of social services for young children.