The Children's Home of Cincinnati Expands Early Childhood Day Treatment Program

From Left to Right: Adrienne James, Board Member; John Banchy, President and CEO; April Kandil, ECDT Program Manager; Tory Parlin, Board Member; Daniel Ley, Cincinnati Public Schools,and children from the ECDT Program.

The Children’s Home of Cincinnati celebrated the opening of two new Early Childhood Day Treatment (ECDT) classrooms, bringing the total to six for the organization.   The ECDT program assists with the early identification and treatment of mental illness, serving children ages 3 – 8, who are experiencing severe emotional, psychological, behavioral, and/or developmental difficulties that impact their ability to function in home, school, day care, or community settings.

With the expansion, the program now has space for 120 children, as classrooms hold 10 children each and operates two separate sessions, a.m. & p.m. The program is currently at capacity with over 20 children on the waitlist and is expected to serve over 200 this year. Treatment is designed to build and promote healthy social and emotional development in young children and focuses on interventions inclusive of expressive therapy, cooperative learning, and interactive behavioral therapy.

The region is experiencing an increase in the number of children in early childhood  who suffer from mental illness.  “The expansion of our Early Childhood Day Treatment program allows us to serve more children, support more families and meet more community need”, stated Adrienne James, a Board Member of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, at the ribbon cutting ceremony held earlier this week.

 In addition to the expansion, the organization will add an education and mental health integrated classroom which is scheduled to launch this fall.   This will provide a full day option for children in grades K-3 to receive mental health treatment and education in an integrated classroom setting.


Incorporated in 1864, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati transforms the lives of vulnerable children by caring for their mental, physical and social well-being through education programs and treatment services. Last fiscal year, more than 6,500 individuals were positively impacted through these services. For more information, call (513) 272-2800 or visit The Children’s Home of Cincinnati is a United Way Agency Partner.