Early Childhood Development Services at Citrus Health Network work in collaboration with local child care centers to assist in identifying and overcoming social, emotional, and learning concerns in young children from birth to age five. The Citrus Early Childhood Development staff works with teachers and staff in the child care centers on professional development as well as classroom strategies that help children succeed with healthy social, emotional and learning development. For children with additional needs, Citrus makes referrals and direct connections to community-based services.
Early Intervention Program
A county-wide program serves children up to 5 1/2 years old attending an early learning / childcare center who are not yet in kindergarten and participating in the School Readiness Program. Screening follow up services address all developmental domains. Services Include: technical assistance for teachers, progress monitoring follow up, guidance for parents, short term interventions, referral and care coordination.
This program is sponsored by the Early Learning Coalition of Miami Dade/Monroe, Inc. Florida’s Office of Early Learning and the State of Florida to ensuring that all children are ready to learn upon entering school.
Social Emotional/Mental Health Services
This Quality Counts initiative serves children and their families attending QC centers located in the central areas of the county. The program is made possible through a partnership with the United Way of Miami Dade’s Neighborhood Learning Network (NLN) with funding from The Children’s Trust. Services are for children who are experiencing challenges in the social/emotional domain such as behavior & conduct. Services include coordination with teachers, screening follow up, guidance and support, parent engagement, additional assessments and on site short term interventions for children and their parents.
Other Programs and Services:
- Developmental Evaluation and Infant and Toddler Mental Health Interventions
- Mental Health Provider for Early Learning Coalition’s Early Head Start for children birth to 3 at select EHS centers.