2017-18 Head Start
Donor Highlight: The Carls Foundation
OLHSA received $145,925 through The Carls Foundation. This funding was in collaboration with the Oakland Integrated Health Network (OIHN) clinic located in OLHSA's Pontiac office. With the funding, OIHN was able to build out examination rooms to increase facilities potential. OLHSA’s Head Start program used the funds to increased capacity for behavioral health needs.
Children in need of extra support services to deal with disabilities or classroom behavioral issues have a dedicated calm-down space where they can work on self-regulation skills. Additionally these rooms are available as therapy rooms for outside services (speech, physical, behavioral, and occupational) to be provided on-site by multiple service provider partners. Three dedicated rooms were created as calm-down spaces, one on each floor where Head Start services are in operation. Many children in the Head Start program have been affected by trauma and toxic stress. A trauma informed way to work with children and families is to help develop resiliency and social skills. With the added space, staff is able to work directly with children in need of skill development.