Message from the Director
Janice Smith

Through the ongoing efforts of our dedicated staff, Policy Council and Governing Board, we are able to provide high quality educational experiences to every child in our program, regardless of circumstances at birth and have the ability to reach their full potential. With collaboration from our community partners our program continuously provides families and children access to high quality early educational programs in their earliest and most vulnerable years. Each day, we make a positive difference in the lives of children by the dedicated work and educational experiences we provide on a daily basis. I am pleased to congratulate the 18 staff members who returned to school, pursuing to advance their early childhood education career. 

OLHSA Early Head Start/Head Start staff have been busy this year being trained on the Trauma Smart program through a grant awarded by the Head Start Innovation Fund. Trauma Smart was developed by the experts at Crittenton Children’s Center in Kansas City. Trauma Smart was founded on evidence-based interventions recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to be effective in helping children and the adults who care for them address the negative impact of violence and trauma. Trauma Smart helps young children, and the adults who care for them, calmly navigate difficult life challenges by combining practical, hands-on tools and effective coping strategies. We bring these techniques into the classrooms, where kids learn and play every day. By incorporating Trauma Smart into our program, we are laying the groundwork for better emotional resilience and health for our children and, inevitably, our society. 

With our expansion of Early Head Start Center based services this year, we continue to accomplish our goal of making a difference in the lives of families and children within Oakland County. Investing in children is why we are committed to providing comprehensive services with excellence. OLHSA Early Childhood Services has a long tradition of providing comprehensive high quality early education throughout Oakland County. We are committed to preparing children and their families for future school success. 

Best wishes, 

Janice Smith 
Early Childhood Services Director