Early Childhood Mental Health
It's not just adults who face struggles; kids can face obstacles too. The emerging field of early childhood mental health is finding that even very young children can have impaired mental health development, and that identifying these issues and intervening right away can significantly impact a child's development and relationships.
This is good news for parents who know something is wrong with their young child, but can't find help for them until they start school.
The Village Family Service Center provides early childhood mental health diagnosis and treatment. Services are generally covered through insurance – however, in some cases grant dollars can be accessed for services not fully covered.
How do I know if my child has mental health issues?
If you are uneasy about your child's behavior and development, the first step is to have your child undergo a comprehensive mental health assessment. Village staff is trained to provide mental health assessments for children ages birth to five.
Some things to watch for in deciding if your child might have mental health issues:
- A loss of skills – for instance, a child who once could talk or verbalize words now has regressed and can no longer talk or verbalize as before.
- A traumatic, scary or dangerous experience followed by a change in behavior or sleep patterns.
- Significant change in eating, sleeping, or mood (such as excessive crying) that lasts longer than a couple weeks.
- Difficult behavior at home, daycare, or preschool. For example, the child is kicked out of daycare.
- Difficulty adapting to a change such as the loss of someone significant, a move to a new home, daycare or preschool.
- Concerns about your child's behavior, emotional expressions, or social-emotional development, expressed by people close to the child.
How much will it cost?
The Village is providing early childhood mental health services through a grant from the state of Minnesota, so the costs are covered for Minnesota children and their families who are uninsured or under insured. Other families can access Medical Assistance or health insurance. When you schedule an appointment, we will help identify the appropriate payor and handle the paperwork for assuring payment.
For more information or to make an appointment, contact The Village Family Service Center.