LACONIA — The Laconia School District is pleased to announce that Julie Sackett will become the SAMHSA Grant Early Childhood Coordinator in September 2014. Sackett has worked in the New Hampshire Lakes Region for several years as an early childhood educator.
As the Early Childhood Coordinator, Sackett will be responsible for the development, organization and assessment of comprehensive services for families and children from birth through age five including early childhood family education classes, early childhood screening, school readiness services in the preschool, family outreach including parent education at community locations and family literacy; overseeing/coordinating the assessment of mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs of preschool children in Laconia from birth through age five and their families. Laconia is one of three communities in our state to receive these grant funds and to be participating in the process of improving cross agency collaboration to support our children and youth.
Sackett has recently been Director of Head Start, Early Head Start and Child Care in Belknap and Merrimack Counties where she has had the opportunity to participate in and lead the work of many of the programs that will be used in the Early Childhood Coordinator position. Sackett has worked with Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as the system used to support positive behaviors in preschool programs. She has a good understanding of home visiting programs and has developed relationships with personnel who work with these programs at the state level. Sackett participated on the leadership team that developed the Kindergarten Readiness Indicators, a collaboration of Head
Start and the NH Department of Education. She has served as a member of Spark NH, the early childhood
advisory council for NH, as well as the Policy Committee, and the Task Force to develop the Child Care
Development Fund Plan for the state and as the Chair of the Child Care Advisory Council. Through these
associations, she has developed an awareness of successful early childhood projects. We are confident in
her skills to provide successful support services for young children and their families in Laconia.
Please join us in welcoming SAMHSA Grant Early Childhood Coordinator Julie Sackett to this leadership
position in the Laconia School District community.