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For Immediate Release:
May 29, 2015
Media Contact:
Jenna Lugonja
jennal@miamidade.gov
786-469-4741

Community Action and Human Services Department Head Start/Early Head Start celebrates National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day


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SAMHSA National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is celebrated at Head Start-Early Head Start locations throughout Miami-Dade County. Delegates pictured: Catholic Charities (left) and Haitian Youth (right).

(MIAMI, May 29, 2015) – Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) joined more than 1,000 communities and national organizations across the country in celebrating the 2015 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to communicate that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. This year’s theme, “Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health,” focused on the importance of children’s mental health so that children get help for mental health disorders with the same urgency as any other health condition.

In recognition of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, seven delegate agencies hosted a showcase of classrooms, which included classroom tours to highlight the positive social and emotional skills development practices that promote resilience. Activities emphasized emotional literacy, self-regulation and developing positive peer and adult relationship. Participating agencies included Allapattah, Catholic Charities, Easter Seals, Haitian Youth, KIDCO, O’Farrill Learning Center and YWCA. These agencies also showcased their practice of the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Teaching Pyramid Model. The Pyramid Model is utilized by the programs to enhance child mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention in the classroom. The strategies, along with interventions and plans developed based on social and emotional screening and assessments, are shared with parents to promote opportunities for school readiness and early school success of their children.

About CAHSD HS/EHS. The CAHSD HS/EHS program is the largest program in the southeastern United States, providing comprehensive services to more than 7,000 low-income children and their families. The program provides services and supports to families directly or through referral which enables them to thrive at home, at school and in the community.

For additional information, contact Carol Clarke at (786) 469-4683. Visit www.samhsa.gov for more information on National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.