Because PCI believes that children must be healthy and at their best in order to learn, our program pays particular attention to the health of our children and families. PCI's multi-disciplinary team of private and community professionals utilizes a unique approach to providing quality health services. Understanding that access to affordable health care is a major problem for many families and children in our community, PCI's Health Services staff work diligently to help families establish a medical home where they will have access to quality health care at all times. Health Services include:
- Physical and dental exams
- Vision and hearing screenings
- Behavioral screenings
- Nutrition and growth assessments
- Referrals, follow-up and/or treatment provided for health issues identified through exams and screenings. Health and safety education provided by Health Specialists to staff, parents and children.
- Immunizations tracked and referrals provided when needed
Mental Health - Parent/Child Incorporated implements a comprehensive Mental Health delivery system that includes the enrolled child, family members and staff. PCI collaborates with parents and professional consultants to identify mental health concerns. Individual services, such as counseling, parent education and referrals are provided to families with children of various special needs. PCI strongly believes that parental participation is critical in meeting the special needs of their children and family as a whole. Mental Health Services include:
- Classroom observations
- Social/behavioral assessments
- Individual/group sessions for children
- Parent/staff /consultant conferences
- Parent/staff training
- Parent support groups
- Individual/family counseling through our Health Consultants
Special Services - Serving families and children with special needs is an on-going priority for Parent/Child incorporated. PCI integrates children with special needs into a stimulating mainstream environment, where they receive the full range of quality comprehensive Early Head Start services. Children with special needs are identified through evaluations/assessments and enrolled by utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach that consists of the child's parent, agency staff and community professional consultants such as speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, child psychiatrists, school district personnel, and Early Childhood Intervention Programs. Special Services include:
- Individualized Education Plan (IEP) designed for special needs children.
- Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) created to support family goals.
- Special needs identified through ongoing evaluations/assessments.
- Regular progress reports for parents describing therapy and progress made.
- Multidisciplinary team approach used to monitor each child's status.
- All services are kept strictly confidential.
- Professional therapists evaluate all referred children and organize and conduct all medically prescribed therapy programs- Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Therapy