Behavioral Health

What is Behavioral Health?  

“In the context of early childhood, our primary focus is on promoting the healthy social and emotional development of young children (also referred to as early childhood mental health), as well as strategies to address social, emotional, and behavioral challenges that young children experience.    Promoting early childhood mental health means supporting children as they learn to express and regulate emotions, form trusting relationships, and explore and learn – all within the context of their family, culture, and community.” (Office of Early Childhood Development)  

“Behavioral health includes the promotion of mental health, resilience, and well-being; the prevention, early identification, and the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders; and support for those who experience and/or are in recovery from these conditions, along with their families and communities.” 

Why is Behavioral Health Important? 

Addressing and treating behavioral health in the early years of a child’s life is important to their long-term well-being and development. Nurturing children’s mental and emotional health creates a strong foundation for their growth. Leaving behavioral health issues unaddressed can lead to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Treating these issues early reduces the likelihood that a child will experience adverse impacts. Making sure resources like these are available to schools and families is imperative to the well-being of children and families. 

How can you advocate? 

Contact Legislators and Congress Members. 

If you or someone you know faces challenges due to behavioral health issues, you can make a difference! Use the links below to search for your legislators and congress members. Contacting these individuals and advocating for behavioral support in our schools and communities is a way to facilitate change and strengthen PA’s Early Childhood Education sector. 

Find Your Members in the U.S. Congress | | Library of Congress 

Find Your Legislator – PA General Assembly ( 


Share resources. 

Below are resources including more information on behavioral health and where to access support. Share these will friends and family that could benefit! 

A Guide to Behavioral Health Services for Children, Adolescents, & Families, Montgomery County, PA 

A Guide to Outpatient Behavioral Health Services for Montgomery County’s Children and Adolescents Enrolled in Medical Assistance and CHIP 

Behavioral Health – Children First  

Key Terms for Children’s Behavioral Health 

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