Northside Center for Child Development

Posted on February 4, 2021

For continued support of the Program Director who oversees every aspect of Northside’s Early Childhood Mental Health (“ECMH”) Program. Northside also serves as the sole provider of ECMH services at EarlyLearn sites in Manhattan under the terms of New York City’s Thrive Initiative. Through this endeavor, Northside provides young children and their families with psychotherapy services in their clinic sites, and mental health consultation services to 15 of 94 Manhattan EarlyLearn Centers at any given time. They work closely with EarlyLearn staff to identify children who are especially at-risk and build techniques in the classroom to support healthy development in children who have experienced or are at-risk of trauma. They also work with parents to help them to better identify mental health issues early and strengthen parent-child relationships at home. They serve low-income African American and Latinx children and families who are at high risk for mental health issues, and face barriers to achievement and social integration later as a result. Through these efforts, they hope to help children aged from birth to five overcome these early challenges and thrive.