The Together for Kids program (TFK) provides a comprehensive mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention model of service comprised of the following components: 1) infant, toddler, preschool, and school age (ages 5-13) behavioral health consultation for educators and families; 2) trainings for educators and families on a variety of topics related to social-emotional health in children and 3) referrals for more intensive services (e.g., child/parent psychotherapy, psychological assessment). Services are designed to promote social-emotional wellness in children, assist educators/families to understand and appropriately respond to challenging behaviors, strengthen home-school partnerships, and reduce suspensions and expulsions from early education and care settings. The goal is to assist children to become enjoyable family members, valued friends, and successful learners so that they will develop a “foundation for success” in kindergarten and beyond.
TFK Consultation and Training Services
Specially trained masters/doctoral degree mental health clinicians are available to provide behavioral health consultation and training for families and educators throughout Central Massachusetts.
Consultation services include:
• On-site child specific and general classroom/program observations
• On-site and/or telephone consultation about children’s strengths and needs
• On-site modeling of appropriate responses to challenging behavior
• Collaboration regarding program strengths and needs
• Collaboration regarding the development of individualized behavior plans
• A review of agency behavioral guidance policies
• Referral assistance for more intensive services
Trainings are available on a variety of topics (e.g., “Promoting Social-Emotional Competence in Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers”, “Coping with Stress”, “Promoting Home-School Partnerships”, “Depression and Anxiety in Children”, “Developmental Milestones”, etc.) and can be accessed on a fee-for-service basis.
To speak with a TFK clinician and/or to schedule an on-site or telephone consultation or training, please call Community Healthlink Youth and Family Services (508-791-3261) and ask for “TFK Consultation Services”.
Eligibility for Program Services
Infant, toddler, preschool and after-school child care programs licensed by the MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) are eligible to receive free behavioral health consultation services. TFK is the EEC provider of choice for programs located in Central MA. TFK consultation services are also available on a fee-for-service basis.
TFK Lead Agency/Clinical Agency Partners
Community Healthlink (CHL) is the Lead Agency for the TFK Project. Behavioral health consultation services are coordinated through CHL and provided in collaboration with Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (YOU, Inc.)