Starfish’s early childhood clinical and education teams took a trip to the National Zero to Three Training Institute’s (NTI) annual conference, in 2015. NTI hosts presenters, researchers, academics and 0-3 staff from across the country each year with topics that focus on early childhood learning, brain development, relationships, research and best practice intervention.
The Starfish clinical team presented poster sessions on mental health interventions with parents and infants as well as an internal collaborative research project on the use of reflective supervision with our mental health and early childhood education teams.
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I started as an Intern at Starfish in 2000: now I’m the Director of Child, Youth and Family Clinical and Trauma Services.
In 2000 while in college I interned at the Starfish Shelter. After graduating with my bachelor’s degree, I was hired at the Shelter. I held a variety of roles including supervisor. Once I obtained my Master’s Degree, I became a homebased therapist on the Starfish Behavioral Health Services team. I have been given many opportunities here at Starfish to grow professionally and become a leader within the company. I am now the Director of Child, Youth and Family Clinical and Trauma Services. Throughout my journey at Starfish, I chose to focus my attention on childhood trauma and toxic stress. I received the opportunities to become a Nationally Certified Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT), a trained Supervisor in TF-CBT, and I participate in various County and Statewide initiatives to bring trauma awareness throughout the State of Michigan. Starfish is always expanding and there are many opportunities to grow here.
INKSTER, MICH. (June 29, 2016) – Starfish Family Services is pleased to announce that the Office of Head Start (OHS) has awarded the agency approximately $22 million in federal funds over the next five years. The grant enables Starfish to continue to offer quality and comprehensive services to local children aged 0-5 and their families. The new grant expands services to pregnant women and children 0-3 while offering more full-day services for preschoolers. Programming will serve income-eligible children in the communities of Dearborn Heights, Redford, Inkster, Garden City, Plymouth, Canton, Northville and Livonia.
Quality early childhood programming, including Head Start, is proven to have long-term benefit. Studies show that children who arrive at kindergarten ready for school success are more likely to graduate from high school and move out of poverty. Therefore, it’s critical that families facing limited economic and educational opportunity have access to quality preschool services like those at Starfish.
Starfish has extensive experience delivering Head Start programs most recently launching a collaborative platform known as Thrive by Five Detroit – which provides early education services to over 1,300 children in the city of Detroit. In addition, for over 15 years, Starfish has provided Head Start and Early Head Start preschool services in Western Wayne County. The OHS funds allow Starfish to continue to offer these services and support a much needed expansion of services for those aged 0-3 (Early Head Start). Starfish has also added more, aged 3-5 (Head Start), full day classrooms to meet the needs of families in the community who have expressed a preference for a longer day of service.
“We are very excited to continue this foundational work of offering high impact and high quality infant-toddler and preschool services for our families,” said Starfish CEO Ann Kalass. “Our agency’s approach to creating brighter futures for children is holistic. We realize that helping families realize their full potential includes support of parents and caregivers as well as children. Head Start parents will have access to our newly launched Starfish University – a transformational initiative that provides parents with a variety of educational and enrichment opportunities that strengthen families and empower parents.”
Starfish will continue to invest in parent engagement programs, teacher and classroom quality, and the integration of mental health supports into its programming. To learn more about these programs or to enroll your child, please call 1-888-887-9980.
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