Early Mental Health Initiative

About the program

This program is know by a these different names in the district but at its core it aims at helping children adjust to school.  The program provides students in grades TK-6 with positive, one-on-one attention which helps them feel good about themselves, builds their self-esteem and helps make for a good start in the elementary school years. Each student spends 30 minutes in the activity room with a trained adult aide one day a week for about twelve sessions.  Sessions are spent with small groups of 2 to 3 students. The sessions consists of lessons teaching classroom skills, friendships, empathy, anger management and coping, aimed at developing more socially competent students. 

Trained Adult Aide

Trained adult aides are carefully selected to offer children a supportive caring relationship and how to listen and communicate with children.  They respect and value children and are motivated to help children adjust to school as well as possible.  They teach lessons that help children strengthen social skills.

How are children selected?

 All children in Transitional Kindergarten through 6th grade at RUSD schools are eligible.  We use teacher input to identify children who would most benefit from this program.