Mental Health


Guilford Child Development serves children with diagnosed disabilities in developmentally appropriate classrooms. We provide individualized services according to the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Screenings and assessments are conducted to help identify children with special needs.

How can you help my child succeed in school?

We recognize your child as an individual who has unique strengths, limitations, and needs. Our program will enhance your child’s current skills and teach your child new skills essential to future success in school.

What types of disabilities do you serve?

We serve a wide range of disabilities that includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Autism
  • Developmental Delay
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Visual Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment

How will my child be included in the classroom?

Your child will participate in all activities with their classmates. We’ll plan activities so that your child will learn and have fun at his or her own pace. We’ll develop a consistent routine that will make your child feel safe and comfortable as an important member of the classroom.

What is the classroom environment like?

Our classrooms are set up in learning areas that allow children to play, learn, and interact with various materials. We have centers such as blocks, music, science, dramatic play and literacy. We’ll provide opportunities for your child to explore the toys and materials in the environment.

How can you help my child succeed in life?

Your child will have the same learning opportunities and experiences as all children in Head Start and Early Head Start. We will link you and your child to appropriate community resources, and you will learn how to become your child’s best advocate.

How are your teachers trained to work with my child?

Our teachers undergo yearly training to work with exceptional needs children. Your child’s teacher knows how to alter the environment, adapt the materials, and modify the activities so that your child can achieve the same level of success as his or her classmates.

Mental Health

Once enrolled in Guilford Child Development’s Head Start/Early Head Start program, you can receive mental health services that support the social-emotional wellness of your family.

What types of mental health services do you offer to enrolled families?

Mental Health services, provided by Family Solutions, include:

  • Social-emotional screenings
  • On-on-one intervention in the classroom

More intense intervention outside the classroom for children exhibiting challenging behavior:

  • Written goal plans
  • Teacher and parent consultation/training
  • In-home intervention
  • Frequent visits to the centers and classrooms to offer suggestions and support to the Center staff

In addition, mental health consultants visit our Centers on a monthly basis to monitor classrooms and provide support to center staff on an on-going basis.

How can I discretely ask about mental health services?

Call the Mental Health Services Manager at 369-5067 for help or suggestions for your children or family. All information is held strictly confidential.

Or complete our CONFIDENTIAL online mental health contact form.

Where will I meet with my mental health consultant?

Mental health consultants have on-site office hours at each or our 12 preschool centers and can meet with you as needed at a location convenient to you.