If you would like to learn more about Child First, please call:
Mary Mitchell, Program Director
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If you are now pregnant, call Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies at 561-623-2800.
If you are concerned about the behavior, learning, or development of your young child, call HomeSafe at 561-383-9800 extension 1702.
If you would like to learn more about Child First, please call 561-283-0635
CHILD FIRST OFFICE
12300 South Shore Blvd., Unit 210
Wellington, FL 33414
When young children grow up in environments where there is violence, neglect, mental illness, or substance abuse, the stress can be toxic to their developing brains. But, Child First, a nationally evidence-based program, is now available here to prevent this damage.
Child First works to decrease the incidence of serious emotional disturbance, developmental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect among high-risk young children and families. It provides services to families with children birth to age 6 in which the child has emotional, behavioral, or developmental concerns or the family faces multiple barriers. A clinician and care coordinator provide services that include comprehensive assessment of child and family needs, observation and consultation in early care and education settings, parent-child mental health intervention, development of a family and a child plan of care, and care coordination/case management. Our goal is a young brain focused on learning rather than a brain focused on survival. Even in the face of extreme challenges, our children and families are making incredible progress.
"My professional mission has always been to help children and parents cope with trauma and to help mitigate its adverse effects on mental and physical health and brain development. Child First has been highly successful in doing just that.” Mary Mitchell, MSW, LCSW - Child First Clinical Director.
Scientific research in brain development clearly shows that high-risk environments (e.g., where there is maternal depression, domestic violence, substance abuse, or homelessness) lead to levels of stress that can be “toxic” to the young, developing brain. Without the buffer of strong, nurturing relationships, the results are long-term damage with significant emotional/behavioral, learning, and health problems.
Child First Accomplishments and Impact