Getting ready for preschool by focusing on child and family mental health

Getting preschoolers ready for their first day of class involves a daunting checklist – school supplies, transportation plans, new budgets – but for children and families who have experienced trauma, the preparations can be even more complex.

"In order for children to thrive and be ready to learn, their needs have to be met," said Sherri Segovia, clinical manager and mental health coordinator at the Hope Street Family Center in downtown Los Angeles. "It's not just about the academic aspects – about reading and writing and arithmetic – but it really is about relatedness."

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