Sheriff: After isolation, children need help developing social skills

Given the isolation created by the pandemic, it’s no surprise that some of our youngest students struggle with basic social skills, like how to interact with classmates and teachers, how to take turns , how to ask for help and even how to play. These are all skills that young children would have developed in kindergarten if it had existed for them.

I am happy to read that Mitchell School in Waterville is adding a staff member to support children with social emotional needs. I would also like to share that there is a recently expanded state program, the Maine Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (ECCP) designed to help teachers in public schools and child care programs meet the social, emotional, and behavioral needs young children. And, best of all, this program has openings for children in Kennebec County.

Maine ECCP is a free early childhood mental health consultation program available to licensed child care centers and home child care providers, public schools, and after-school programs serving children from birth at 8 years old. ECCP is an evidence-based consultation service that offers on-site staff strategies, support, training and education, to support children’s emotional well-being and coach teachers on methods to effectively manage behaviors difficult. Services may be requested by families, child care programs, public schools, and after-school programs.

More information is available online at Early Childhood Consultation Web Page.

Maine law enforcement officials supported the creation of the Maine ECCP several years ago and its statewide expansion earlier this year because we want to see every child succeed in school and life. life. It’s the best recipe for helping children avoid behaviors that could lead to bad decisions later in life.

Ken Mason

Sheriff, Kennebec County


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