Early Childhood Programs

Our Early Childhood Program serves children ages 0-6 who are experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, and their parents and caregivers. The Program is also the Chittenden County early childhood family mental health provider for Children’s Integrated Services and the mental health consultant for Head Start classrooms.

The Early Childhood Program offers:

  • Home-based parenting education and support.
  • Supportive counseling for children.
  • Consultation, advocacy and case management.
  • Behavioral consultation and support in childcare, preschool, and Head Start classroom settings.

The Program provides training, consultation, and education to caregivers and providers who support young children and families.

Two specific programs for young children and their families are the

  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy Program
  • Winooski Family Center

Parent Child Interaction Therapy

The Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program helps parents with children age 0-6 who are experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Parents and children take part in family playgroups, and therapists offer immediate feedback to help parents develop effective parenting skills. The “real-time” feedback gives parents the chance to focus on positive behaviors while they practice using consistent discipline strategies aimed at improving relationships with their child.

For more information, call 802-488-6000.

Winooski Family Center

The Winooski Family Center is a collaboration of Howard Center, the Winooski School District, Winooski Housing Authority, and the City of Winooski. The program offers parenting education and supportive counseling for pre-school age children. For information about the Winooski Family Center, call 802-488-1422.

Anyone who is supporting or caring for a young child may contact the Early Childhood Program to make a referral. For more information about our services for young children, please call 802.488.6619 or 802-488-6000.