Early childhood services are therapeutic interventions that work with both children and their caregivers. Programs are created to address the needs of all young children from infancy to early elementary. Services work to strengthen the parent-caregiver relationship, increase caregiver’s confidence in managing emotional, behavioral or developmental concerns, and assist children in maintaining developmental progress.
Trained mental health professionals provide comprehensive assessments to identify strengths and struggles; diagnose a mental health condition; and recommend treatment interventions for children of all ages, starting at birth. Developmental and behavioral testing can also be included as a part of the assessment.
Parent–Child Interaction Therapy
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (P-CIT) is a form of behavioral-parent training developed for children ages 2-7 and their caregivers. It is an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders; or to improve parent-child interaction patterns.
The Incredible Years is a series of interlocking programs for parents and children. The goal is to prevent and treat young children’s behavior problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence. In Winona and Caledonia this service is provided in partnership with ECFE.
Trauma-Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy
Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention model for children aged 0-6 who have experienced at least one traumatic event (e.g. maltreatment, the sudden or traumatic death of someone close, a serious accident, sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence) and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Early Childhood HopeLine
The Early Childhood HopeLine is a free telephone service for families and professionals involved in the lives of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who have concerns about development, behaviors, emotions, sleeping, eating, or attachment. Call 507-429-4471 and one of our mental health staff members will talk with you, answer questions, and help you find the resources you need.