SKCDC partners with Kennebec Pediatrics and local Mental Health Providers to support vulnerable families in building protective factors which can lead to positive health, development and behavior outcomes.

This team of community partners received grant funding from the American Academy of Pediatrics to address attendance of high risk children and families at school and medical appointments. With a focus on children whose poor attendance was determined to be stress-related or in part due to family crises and logistical issues that may relate to weakness in family protective factors, addressing these needs better enhanced the benefits that children and families experience in Head Start and reduce the risk that unsoothed traumatic stress lead to negative health, development and behavior outcomes.