Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc.

Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc.

HealthyCHILD Grows Positive Relationships

Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc.

1 Orchard Road, Suite 1, Wheeling, WV 26003



CONTACT:    Marlene Midget, Executive Director

Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc.




HealthyCHILD Grows Positive Relationships in Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc.

                (Wheeling, WV) - NPHS Inc. recently held the annual training of the Board of Directors and Policy Council. A special presentation was provided by Dr. Stephen Bagnato, Ed.D., NCSP – Professor of Psychology & Pediatrics, Faculty Director, Early Childhood Partnerships, Office of Child Development – University of Pittsburgh and the HealthyCHILD team, the program’s mental health consultants.

                "In the fields of education and human services, finite resources mean doing more with less even when serving those individuals most in need. We are proud of the successful and innovative university-community partnership which our HealthyCHILD program at the University of Pittsburgh has established since 2002 through the forward-looking vision of Ms. Marlene Midget, Executive Director of Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc. and her team. Pooling resources to collaborate, our interagency teams serve teachers, children and parents in effective ways and our Appalachian region benefits together," reports Dr. Bagnato.

                HealthyCHILD is a core program in the Division for Early Childhood Partnerships within the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh. Within NPHS, HealthyCHILD provides behavioral (mental) health consultation and support which is a federal requirement for all Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the US. HealthyCHILD provides parents, teachers, caregivers, and administrators with on-site consultation, mentoring, and education to support their understanding of child development and “best professional practices” to promote social-emotional growth in young children.

                The HealthyCHILD interagency team includes the parents--most important partners--Developmental Healthcare Consultants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Teachers and other Head Start Staff. “Not only do we provide on-site consultation to teachers, but we also provide on-site consultation to families through home visits in order to help with the social, emotional and behavioral needs of their children within their home,” shares Dr. Bagnato.

                “As a unique University-Community partnership model,” Bagnato further explains, ”HealthyCHILD stresses the use of “participatory action” practices and research methods to develop collaborative relationships with diverse community partners and utilizes evidence- based consultation and mentoring methods; we even have a unique partnership between the University of Pittsburgh and the West Virginia University LEND program in working with infants, parents, and partners; through these partnerships, staff develop close and ongoing relationships which matter with teachers and team members in community, education and health and human service agencies for the benefits of all young children and families.”

                Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc. serves 567 children ages birth to 5 inclusive of prenatal enrollments in Hancock, Brooke, Marshall, Ohio and Wetzel Counties in WV. For more information services in your community, contact 304.233.3290 or visit the agency’s website at

                To learn more about HealthyCHILD, please contact the Director of Early Childhood Partnerships, Dr. Stephen Bagnato, at, and visit; or




Date of Event:                                   December 17, 2014

Photo attached:                              

Back Row pictured L-R:                  Marlene Midget, Executive Director NPHS, Stacy Cullinan, HealthyCHILD Team, Tracy Larson, HealthyCHILD Team, Audra Redick, HealthyCHILD Team, Linda Myers, President, NPHS Board of Directors, Jessie Wade – Chairperson, NPHS Policy Council, Jackie Bell, Early Head Start Coordinator NPHS, Dr. Stephen Bagnato – HealthyCHILD Team

Front Row pictured L-R:                 Erin Stoddart, Child Development/Disabilities Manager NPHS and Kelley Keenan – HealthyCHILD Team