In 2004, the Illinois Department of Human Services established Caregiver Connections to bring this valuable service to Illinois child care providers working with children five years old and younger.
NorthPointe appreciates the honor of being selected from among numerous agencies that applied for this grant.
Caregiver Connections is a very important and much-needed support system for those who care for and educate the children of Illinois. Research has shown that one of the most effective tools for addressing both prevention and early intervention is to provide caregivers a resource for help in a variety of situations—the early childhood mental health consultant (MHC).
Providers can call NorthPointe for consultation with an MHC when they have concerns or questions about children’s behavior, social-emotional development, overall development, talking with families, and/or looking for resources.
Skilled at working with children and the adults who care for those children, the MHC brings a strong background in mental health, knowledge of child development, and awareness of the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to helping children thrive. The Caregiver Connections MHC is also an active member of the local community with ties to both the mental health and child care fields. Over the course of the relationship between the MHC and the provider, three services are typically used:
We understand the child care providers of Illinois want to do the best possible job of helping children thrive—cognitively, socially, and emotionally—and Caregiver Connections is there to help.