Mental Health

If you or your child are experiencing a crisis (related to COVID, wildfires, displacement, unemployment or other reasons), we’re here to help. Please contact your child’s center to talk about mental health resources for families. Also read: Protecting Your Health During Wildfires & Covid

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health

Our Head Start programs play a vital role in supporting the mental health and social-emotional wellbeing of our enrolled children and their families. We offer guidance for positive and safe behaviors and advocate for our families and their needs. We encourage children to develop trust, share feelings, problem solve, resolve conflicts and develop their unique sense of independence and self-esteem.

Most importantly, we lend an ear – if a parent or child is going through mental health challenges, we can help with referrals, community partnerships and on-site counseling. Our aim is to be a supportive partner when it comes to our Head Start families’ journeys toward healing, resilience and mental wellbeing.

At Home Brain Brakes and Active Calming

Brain breaks are short mental breaks taken throughout a lesson or academic activity. They help children remain calm, focused and
engaged, and they’ve been shown to reduce stress. With schools closed in response to COVID-19, this guide shows you how to
implement effective brain breaks at home.

(Click here for interactive Brain Brakes)


Our Services


Our everyday classroom routines and activities are designed to promote each child’s social and emotional development. Throughout the day, we provide support for children’s appropriate behaviors and also address problematic behaviors. Classroom activities that support our students’ mental wellbeing include reading time (with stories that promote emotional literacy), collaborative play, and problem solving games and toys. Positive acknowledgment is used to focus on all children’s strengths.

Have questions about your child’s developmental milestones? Visit these helpful links:
CDC’s Developmental Milestones

Mental Health Activities
Multicultural Services

Multicultural Services

We offer culturally and linguistically responsive mental health services to support the diverse communities we serve in Klamath and Lake Counties. This includes culturally competent and bilingual communication, counseling, trainings and education. Many of our Head Start staff are reflective of the clients they serve, making outreach and treatment more effective.

Services for Families in Need of Supports

Our staff can help guide parents through accessing additional services when their child is diagnosed with a disability. We support families through screening children, providing referrals, and following up to make sure children are provided services inside and outside of Head Start that help them be successful when they reach elementary school.

Services for Families in Need of Supports

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Early Childhood Mental Health?

Mental Health can be considered as a general state of well being where a person’s emotional life is well integrated and can help him/her to function appropriately within personal relationships and social situations.

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how is it taught at Klamath Family Head Start?

At Klamath Family Head Start we use the Second Step Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) classroom curriculum for Early Learning. This helps littlest learners harness their energy and potential by teaching them to listen, pay attention, manage their behavior, and get along with others. The Second Step SEL Program includes an evidence-based plan for teaching self-regulation and social-emotional skills in a standardized, nurturing way that fosters student success and joy.

Learn more about SEL

How do I start the process of getting mental health services for my child?
We invite you to contact your child’s teacher or our Mental Health Specialist, who can support you in completing any additional paperwork required to obtain additional mental health services.
Do you enroll children with disabilities/special needs?
Yes! Children who experience special needs, including those with intellectual, developmental, physical or learning disabilities, are welcome at Klamath Family Head Start. Our staff do health and developmental screenings early in the school year to help identify areas where more support may help us provide better services for your child. If you have any concerns or think your child may need extra help, please talk to your child’s teachers. We are here to lend a hand and assist you through the process.

Sesame Street for Mental Health

Sesame Street is an amazing resource with hundreds of tools and videos for parents, kids, adults, and family members. The content is designed to help families grow stronger, healthier, and kinder, and covers topics ranging from nutrition and self-care to addiction and grief.

Managing Big Feelings Playlist

Social Emotional Learning Playlist

Louie Talks Routines: Parent PSA

Count, Breathe, Relax
for Military Families

Little Children, Big Challenges:

Breathe, Feel Share:
Talking About Race

No One Is Alone:
Family Homelessness

Talking About Parental Addiction

Comforting Children Through
Stressful Times

Helping Kids Grieve

Traumatic Experiences

News & Articles

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Books to Help Kids Talk & Think About Emotions

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How To Help Your Child Learn Positive Behaviors

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