Preschool children at the Richard M. Guon Child Care Center at MCC and at six local child care centers are learning how to express their emotions and get along with their friends, thanks to a three-year grant funded by the United Way. The seven centers were selected to participate in BASIC (Behavioral and Social Interventions for Children), a pilot project that offers a continuum of services to preschool children, families and teachers.
Services include PATHS (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies), a social-emotional curriculum that is being introduced in preschool classrooms; and the Incredible Years, a parent group that meets weekly at the child care center. For children needing additional support, a behavioral health consultant will coordinate services, including individual child-directed play sessions as well as individual child and family counseling. Services are provided through a collaboration of agencies including Catholic Family Center, Children’s Institute, Family Resource Centers, Mt. Hope Family Center, and the Society for the Protection and Care of Children.
Richard M. Guon Child Care Center