Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2021

First Advisor

Jayashree George, DA, ATR-BC, LMFT, SEP

Second Advisor

Megan Robb, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC

Third Advisor

Shelly Goebl-Parker, MSW, LCSW, ATR-BC


This grant proposal focuses on a partnership with SIUE Head Start centers in providing educational child-rearing resources, community building and parent-child dyad work to promote a more secure attachment in parent-child relationships. This proposed art therapy program will serve up to fourteen parent and child dyads within an academic year period at the estimated cost of $91,005. This program utilizes the existing Head Start staff members and enrolled families who have already expressed the need for attachment-based work.

SIUE Head Start currently serves 1,181 students who are 3-5 years of age under the curriculum and program outline of the National Head Start Association “NHSA” (East St. Louis Center 2020).The NHSA’s mission statement is to provide “support for the whole child, the family and the community—and to advocate—to work diligently for policy and institutional changes that ensure all vulnerable children and families have what they need to succeed” (Vinci, 2020). This program will follow the NHSA’s mission by anticipating outcomes to improve a child’s emotional awareness, increase positive interactions between parent and child, increase parental community and increase a child’s interest of school readiness in a different approach than any other offered by SIUE Head Start.

Included in

Art Therapy Commons