Early Childhood Mental Health Supports for Families
If you or your child have been impacted by the recent closing of your early care and education program, there are supports available to you.
The Resource Exchange
- Megan Githens – 719.321.3233
- Jessi Kovalik – 719.744.2697
- Megan House – 719.744.2586
In addition, if a family would like to have their child evaluated for Early Intervention or ECMH services, they can also contact the TRE referral number which is 719.577.9190.
Anna Primavera: Annaprimavera@aumhc.org
Danielle Reeves-Luther: firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Childhood Specialists
- Are you struggling to meet the unique behavioral needs of your child?
- Would you like help creating a plan to promote success at home, school, or in a community setting?
Contact Early Childhood Services at The Resource Exchange: 719.577.9190
Learn more about ensuring your child is sleeping safely by visiting our blog.
Improving Safe Sleep Conversations: Strategies for Helping Families Adopt Safe Sleep Habits (Webinar Recording)
Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, leads a series of role playing exercises where she demonstrates tactics to engage families from different backgrounds in meaningful conversations about safe sleep. These actionable skills will benefit all health professionals, human service providers, community health workers, home visitors, peer supporters and family members working to improve infant health outcomes. Speakers include Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA • Jennifer Ustianov, MS, BSN, RN, IBCLC. Listen to the recording and access other resources on the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ)’s website.
Dental Resources for Parents & Families
Time for a Dental Check Up
Health First Colorado is Colorado’s Medicaid program. It provides dental benefits to enrolled children age 20 and
under. Children enrolled in the full state plan have a wide range of benefits with no co-pays or out of pocket expenses.
To receive the best dental care possible, it is important you find a dental home for your child. A dental home is a dentist or dental hygienist your child sees on a regular basis for dental care. If your child should have a dental emergency, call your dental home provider first.
Need more information or would like help finding a dental provider?
Call DentaQuest at 1-855-225-1729 (TTY: 711)
or visit DentaQuest.com/Colorado
For details in English, click here.
For details in Spanish, click here.
Nibbles for Health: Nutrition Newsletters for Parents
Check out these colorful and engaging newsletters from the USDA, made for parents of young children. These newsletters can be shared to communicate information about popular nutrition topics. There are 12 newsletters available in both English and Spanish. Visit the USDA website or access them individually below:
- Child Care: What Will My Child Eat [English] [Spanish]
- Colorful Fruits [English] [Spanish]
- Encouraging Vegetables [English] [Spanish]
- Growing Strong with Milk [English] [Spanish]
- Healthy Celebrations, Lasting Memories [English] [Spanish]
- Healthy Meals with MyPlate [English] [Spanish]
- Healthy Snacks with Smiles [English] [Spanish]
- Portions for Preschoolers [English] [Spanish]
- Tips for a “Choosy” Eater [English] [Spanish]
- Vary Your Protein Foods [English] [Spanish]
- Water: It’s a Great Choice [English] [Spanish]
- Whole Grains Make a Difference [English] [Spanish]
Resources for Strengthening Families
Every family has strengths, and every family faces challenges. When you are under stress—the car breaks down, you or your partner lose a job, a child’s behavior is difficult, or even when the family is experiencing a positive change, such as moving into a new home—sometimes it takes a little extra help to get through the day. The tip sheets below are designed for parents and are based on information from organizations working to promote well-being.
National Alliance on Mental Illness | NAMI
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness. Click here to learn more about their resources and supports for families.These include events, support groups, classes, and more. Events will be shared on our FamilySPEAK calendar.
Flu Guide for Parents