The extraordinary learning that takes place in early childhood paves the way for success in school, in families and in relationships throughout life.

Beech Brook’s Early Childhood Services help young children from birth to age 6 with mental health or social, emotional, and/or behavioral difficulties.

The key to promoting healthy development is to identify and address problems early—when children are most flexible and able to change. A child’s ability to control emotions, pay attention when learning, problem-solve and have healthy relationships in the future can be greatly impacted by early childhood experiences when the brain is still developing.

Through consultation, assessment, therapeutic services and partnerships with other early childhood providers, mental health agencies and schools, Beech Brook offers an array of services to meet the needs of young children:

Child Care Consultation and Training

Beech Brook's Early Childhood staff provides training and on-site consultation for child care centers and home-based child care providers to help children with social, emotional, and/or behavioral needs reduce their risk of expulsion from preschool and promote school readiness.

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In-Home Mental Health Consultation for Families/Caregivers

Sometimes parents may need just a little extra help managing the needs of their young children. Beech Brook provides home-based consultations with parents or caregivers of children from infancy through age 5 to strengthen parents’ skills and confidence, promote healthy social and emotional development in their young children, and help families access the resources available in their communities.

Early Childhood Mental Health Treatment

When an issue with a young child arises, the earlier it can be addressed, the better. Beech Brook provides diagnostic assessments and trauma-informed therapy for children through age 6 in their homes and/or school settings. Early intervention to address emotional and behavioral concerns helps children stay on track developmentally and build the interpersonal skills they need to succeed at school and in their future relationships.

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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

This evidence-based parent training intervention program teaches caregivers specific behavior management techniques to use as they play with their child. PCIT focuses on improving the caregiver-child relationship and increasing children’s positive behaviors.

Referrals for PCIT services come through the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services.

For more information or to make a referral, contact Anna Pawlikowski or call 216.831.2255, ext. 3149.

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