Why We’re Here
Early intervention is key – the quality of life for a child and the contributions the child makes to society as an adult can be traced back to the first few years of life. The earlier we intervene, the more likely we will be able to preserve and express a child’s potential.
Because the brain is organizing at such an explosive rate in the first years of life, experiences during this period have more potential to influence the brain – in positive and negative ways. This is so because the brain is designed to change in response to patterned, repetitive stimulation. And the stimulation associated with fear and trauma changes the brain permanently.
85% of brain development occurs within the first three years of life.
Who We Help
We serve families with children 6 weeks to 4 years old who are experiencing high stress due to challenges such as low income or poverty, parenting challenges, unstable housing, inconsistent food supply, medical issues, mental health problems, substance abuse, involvement with the criminal justice system or child welfare, and lack of a positive support system.
Programs and Services
MountainStar Family Relief Nursery will serve more than 300 children and their families through the Safety Net and Healing Children programs this year.
- Healing Children Program
Creates a safe, predictable, empowering environment where at-risk, distressed infants and children can thrive. Children graduate from the program better equipped to succeed in preschool and kindergarten–socially, emotionally and developmentally. Learn More
- Safety Net Program
Provides crisis intervention, referrals to community services, respite care, and basic needs support for high risk children and their families. Staff provide ongoing support to the family through home visits, respite care, and safety monitoring on behalf of the children. Learn More
- Services to Strengthen Families
Provides support for parents in both programs through coaching, parent education and mental health services aimed at increasing the long term health and resiliency of their families. Learn More