Preliminary Analysis: Child Behavior

Child Behavior

Head Start preschool teachers deal with multiple behavior problems in nearly every classroom. This is attributed to being from low-income households where parents may not know how to discipline their children. Subsequently, at least one child misbehaves in most classrooms (to varying degrees), and some classrooms are dealing with multiple behavior problems. The preschool teachers have stated that it has been very difficult to have someone help them work through the behavioral issues.

Many of the teachers stated they filled out behavior incident forms and turned them into their Center Director, but in most cases, no one from Mental Health has come into their classroom to assist with the behavior problems. Teachers then fell into two camps—either blaming the Center Directors or blaming the Mental Health staff for not supporting them to a greater extent.

Although many of the preschool teachers understood that they would have children with behavior problems, they stated that the lack of support they receive would be a reason for leaving working for the agency.


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