Stephanie Smith, Early Childhood Services Supervisor
700 University City Boulevard
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Head Start based therapy is a blend of outpatient, in-home, case management and short-term crisis services. The goal is to improve the ability of a referred student to learn in the classroom by providing an intense, therapeutic, systems-oriented plan for relief from unhealthy or dysfunctional behaviors in the Head Start setting. Therapy sessions are provided weekly or even daily if needed. The therapist will also monitor medication and behavior plans, and will consult with the Head Start staff about the child’s progress.
Head Start based clinicians also provide Mental Health Consulting services to the all students and families in the Head Start center as well as training and teacher consultations as needed. Services are funded by Medicaid, Promoting Safe and Stable Families funding, and local Family Assessment and Planning Teams. Families can also pay for services using a sliding scale fee.