Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) endeavors to help children to reach social, emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive milestones, so that they can thrive in school and beyond.
Currently, several human service agencies in New Hampshire are working together, using an integrated and holistic approach, to address all aspects of early childhood development, in order to help each child reach his/her full potential.
Child and Family Services, already a provider of several home visiting programs, early childhood development services, prenatal supports, family strengthening services, mental health counseling and treatment services, is a Project Launch partner, which means that our programs are enhanced with a number of new client service features and the benefit of a variety of specialists who partner with us, providing a continuum of care throughout the community.
Project Launch core prevention and promotion strategies:
• Screening and assessment in a range of child-serving settings
• Integration of behavioral health into primary care settings
• Mental health consultation in early care and education
• Enhanced home visiting through increased focus on social & emotional well-being
• Family strengthening and parent skills training
Project Launch statewide objectives:
• Increased access to developmental screenings, assessments and services for young children and their families
• Expanded use of family centered, evidence-based, culturally relevant prevention and wellness promotion practices in primary care and early childhood settings
• Developed workforce that understands young children’s healthy development
• Improved systems of care for young children and families at the local, state, and federal levels
• More children entering school ready to learn
In New Hampshire
The NH statewide leadership team for Project Launch includes: Maternal and Child Health Section, Early Learning NH, Spark NH, and DHHS-Children’s Mental Health. Because of its strong existing collaborative partnerships among community agencies, Manchester is the pilot community for Project LAUNCH NH. The Manchester team includes the City of Manchester Health Department, Manchester Community Health Center, Child Health Services, Child and Family Services, Easter Seals Child Development and Family Resource Center, and Southern NH Services (including Head Start/Early Head Start).
The preparation of this document was financed under contract with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, with the funds provided under grant number 1H79SM061289 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.
Eligibility: Project Launch service components are included in serveral different CFS programs and can cover multiple age groups, depending upon the service requested.
Areas served: Manchester area
Fees: None to client