Social Stars Learning Center

Social Stars Learning Center is a early intervention program that strives to provide children with an opportunity to learn and apply the social and emotional skills necessary to excel in life.

About SCMHCC South Central Mental Health is a community mental health center that is dedicated to providing the highest quality of mental health treatment that can be obtained anywhere. Our services are offered to everyone regardless of severity of illness or income level. As a not for profit organization we can establish sliding scale fees for individuals without insurance coverage. No resident of Butler County is refused services for inability to pay. History South Central Mental Health Counseling Center opened its doors in 1962 to become one of the first community mental health centers in the state of Kansas. A few years later, when it was mandated that all counties in Kansas provide financial support for community mental health centers, SCMH provided the model for other centers to develop programs. Center staff gave presentations to various county commissions and opened its doors to officials and mental health professionals from around the state whom were interested in developing their own CMHC's. There are now 26 Community Mental Health Centers in Kansas. From the beginning we have been a leader in the development of social services in Butler County. SCMH was instrumental in bringing services for the MR/DD population to the county in 1962 and encouraged and nurtured the development of the Big Brothers (now Big Brothers/Big Sisters) of Butler County in 1965. In 1990, The Mental Health Reform Act became law in Kansas with the intent of reducing hospitalization and treating individuals with severe mental illnesses more effectively in the community. Since that time, South Central Mental Health has consistently had the lowest rates of hospitalization of any CMHC in the state. Our Mission/Values SCMHCC Mission Statement: The Center provides quality mental health services that empower individuals, families, and communities of Butler County to shape promising futures. Vision Statement: Exceptional care that results in a meaningful difference. Our Values: Humility, Optimism, & Strong Work Ethic. Evidence Based Practices Evidence Based Practices are interventions or procedures in the medical or mental health field that are proven effective based upon a high volume of scientific research and study. Unfortunately, studies demonstrate that individual practitioners and organizations do not necessarily engage in the best practices and in fact may provide treatment that is not proven effective. South Central Mental Health is committed to providing Evidence Based Practices. Some of these interventions would include Cognitive-Behavorial Therapy; Trauma Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy;, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; Supported Employment; Strength Based Case Management; Community Support Services; and structural Family Therapy.

Mission: SCMHCC The Center provides quality mental health services that empower individuals, families, and communities of Butler County to shape promising futures.

Operating as usual

[12/16/20]   We will be closed December 21st - December 24th for Christmas vacation. We will reopen on December 28th.

Wishing all the Social Stars Staff a Merry Christmas!

Exciting things happening in the New Year! We can’t wait to see what 2021 brings! 🎉

Conscious Discipline®

When NOT to use two positive choices. Can you relate? #iHeartCD

Conscious Discipline®

Two positive choices reinforce the child's Power of Free Will while providing parameters for behavior. The following steps will help you deliver two positive choices. #iHeartCD

Looking for a VHS tape player for 1 of our classrooms!

We have a bunch of new VHS tapes that will allow our movie helper to pick out one movie from our movie library but one of our classrooms is missing a VHS player.

Please let us know if you or someone you know has one that they are looking to get rid of! 💚

The Gentle Mamma

#Repost @drbeckyathome 💕
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I know something about the group of parents here: we are all trying to do the best for our kids. Here's something else I know: we have hard moments when we just can't hold it all together.

If you've emotionally lost it on your child, here's the one thing that means: you're human.You're part of a club that includes every single parent I know, including me. Welcome. Stay. Let's connect & hang out & learn together.

Ok, so what do we do after we've lost it? Well, we don’t start with the words on the post. We have to repair with ourselves before we can repair with our children. Follow the steps below:

1. Place your feet on the floor & your hand on your heart. Pause.This position is a perfect antidote to the way your body & mind are likely spinning out of control.We have to ground ourselves first.This position can help you re-find yourself.

2. Take 5 deep breaths,deep into your belly & then slowly out. You're not trying to achieve anything here, you're just bringing your attention back to this moment. Notice any self blame and greet it ("Hi self-blame voice! Yes, you do tend to pile on to my most challenging moments. I could have predicted you would pop up. Hello!").

3. Tell yourself these words: "I'm here. I'm a good parent who had a hard time.I'm a good person. Nothing about me has changed." Repeat a few times until you feel a bit more grounded & until something in your body has released a bit.

Now... & only now... find your child. Use the words in this post or use your own. Key elements of a repair are an apology, telling a story to help your child understand what happened, explicitly stating that your behavior isn't caused by or the fault of your child, sharing your dedication to change, & asserting your child's goodness and your love.

And more important than these words are the non-verbal elements of the repair, as a child "hears" this before he can even process your language. This is why your internal repair is so critical - it will allow you to soften within yourself and then you can approach your child in this same way.

What questions or follow-up do you have here? How can I support you and how can we support each other ?

ABATE of Kansas District 8 donated a bunch of goodies for South Central Mental Health's Annual food and toy drive!

Thank you for all the awesome donations ❤️

[11/16/20]   SCMHCC thanksgiving food drive ends this Wednesday! Please have all goods that you were planning to donate dropped off at your local SCMHCC Clinic or Social Stars by this time! Thank you 💚

Tis the season for giving! 🦃 It's that time of the year when we collect donated food for families in our community.

If anyone has any extra non-perishable food lying around the house, we would gladly take it off your hands!

----Two ways to donate----

Donate in person
(food drive box is located right inside the front door)


Drop off outside by the front door for a contactless donation!

🦇🎃👻Happy Halloween!! 🦇🎃👻

[10/26/20]   Transportation and school is scheduled as normally planned for 10/27/20

We will let you know via email and Facebook if that changes!

Parents please check your email inbox!

You should have received an email to confirm that we have the correct email on file. We will be using this email in the future to contact you about school closures, transportation cancellations, or important school information. Your email will be used BCC to keep confidentiality and for your privacy.

Please feel free to ask any questions. Have a great day!

[10/26/20]   Due to inclement weather transportation will not be available today. We are still offering classes for parents that want to bring their child to Social Stars! ❄️ Monday Funday!

[10/22/20]   Please refer to our Menu tab to see weekly Menus and school closures for the Holidays! 🦃🎄

Spirit Week 10/26 to 10/29 🕸

We had a staff parent donate a bunch of school supplies!

Thankful for our staff and their parents! ❤️❤️

The Blue classroom kiddos checking out their new cafe center and doing their name writing practice 💛

Getting spooky at Social Stars 👀🕸

Butler Early Access Network

The Whole Brain Child Parenting Class is FREE and teaches us how to parent by understanding the science of a child’s brain. 🧠 💡

Sign up: Call Susan at 316-775-5491 x215

Social Stars Learning Center

Richard Cohen’s “Zen and the Art of Early Childhood Education"

Just a reminder ⬇️🚨 Have a great Labor Day!

When the whole family moves together, everyone gets the health benefits. Find an activity planner and more resources for adults and kids from #MoveYourWay


Andover Clinic, located on East King St.

Karen Young - Hey Sigmund

Anxiety can seem as though it makes no sense at all. This is because anxiety is a primitive, instinctive response, not a rational one. It’s driven by a strong, beautiful, healthy brain that is doing what brains are meant to do - protect us from threat - and separation, humiliation, exclusion all count as threats.

Brains are ‘do-ers’ before they’re thinkers (but they are excellent at both) so they’ll act first to get us safe, then decide later whether or not the response is warranted. Sometimes this can save our lives and sometimes it can cause unnecessary anxiety.

The problem is that in that one tenth of a second the amygdala takes to respond, it can send the ‘thinking brain’ offline so it doesn’t get in the way of a quick response by organising a committee meeting about possible strategies. By then, the fight or flight neurochemicals are surging through us as though they have nowhere else to be. The feelings that come with this feel awful and will will fuel anxious thoughts (‘I feel as though something bad is going to happen, so I think something bad might happen’), which fuels anxious behaviour - avoidance (flight), aggression (fight). Here’s the next problem - the part of the brain that can receive rational info (such as ‘there’s nothing to worry about’) has been told by the amygdala to sit this one out, so it does.

When anxiety is at full throttle, we have to speak to the primitive, instinctive part of the brain. With the thinking brain offline, we have no other option. Do this by encouraging strong, steady breathing, and be ready with warmth, validation and connection. (‘I know this feels big for you.’) Breath is our most basic and most powerful support. When breathing is strong and steady, so are we, but it’s the first to go when anxiety hits.

Validation, touch, warmth, connection speak to the emotional amygdala to let it know that support is here. They are right up there at the top of the list of things we humans need to feel safe.

Neurochild Community

Every interaction with another person represents an opportunity to connect or disconnect. #Connections build positive #relationships, which are the foundation for all types of learning and growth, but particularly for social emotional #development. Irrespective of the situation or type of interaction, we can work on building connections by focusing on meeting what Dr. Gerald Newmark calls the 5 critical needs of children (and parents too)!

They need to feel:

- respected;

- important;

- accepted;

‐ included; and

- secure.

#neurochild #humanity #collectiveindividualism

Conscious Discipline®

One of the top questions we get about the Skill of Choices is, "What if children don't pick from the two positive choices we give them?" So, here's Dr. Becky Bailey to help answer that one for you. If you want to learn more, you can check out page 207-212 of Building Resilient Classrooms.

Butler Early Access Network

🌟Find your Parent Tribe! Check out our new virtual meet-up group for parents to connect, support one another, and share ideas! Two times available to work with your schedule.

Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

🧠 Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.

Looking for donations for our preschool 👀 We are in need of summer clothes your children no longer wear or need! Books with life still left in them, inside wooden toys looking for a new friend to play with, and outside toys!

Loving our new sandbox!! We have a bunch of mermaids at school today!


Development of fine motor skills
Eye & hand coordination – watching and doing and coordinating these actions.
Promote creativity and imagination through role and developing stories.
Sensory- Development of the sense of touch. Feeling and manipulating objects and moulding the sand.
Language development – playing with sand is a social activity requiring speaking and listening, also developing vocabulary. Practising and experimenting with language.


💚Help us celebrate Children's Mental Health the entire month of June! See flyer for details.

🌼Bring your inspirational painted rocks to any of the 3 main South Central Mental Health clinics. SCMH youth will distribute rocks in the community and maintain a "Take What You Need" garden at The Hangar, Augusta's teen-drop in center.

👩‍🍳Let's see your creativity and help spread some joy!

For ideas, visit our Pinterest page:

South Central Mental Health

Social Stars Learning Center

Our Mission:

Social Stars Learning Center is a preschool program that strives to provide children with an opportunity to learn and apply the social and emotional skills necessary to excel in life.

What is Social Stars Learning Center?

Social Stars Learning Center is a Preschool program designed for children ages 3 to 6 who are struggling to manage their emotions or display age appropriate social skills. It is a program developed to work within the preschool classroom focusing on assisting those students with a need for extra support to maintain and excel in the classroom setting. Improving chances of future academic success, as well as improving skills needed to succeed in the home and other community settings.

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340 Oil Hill Rd
El Dorado, KS

General information

How do I enroll my child? Step 1: Attend an intake appointment. Legal Guardians may schedule an intake appointment by calling El Dorado 316-321-6036 Augusta 316-452-0073 Andover 316-733-5047 During the intake appointment it will be determined if the child meets the criteria necessary to qualify for Social Stars. Step 2: If your child’s therapist believes Social Stars would be an appropriate fit, Cassie McAllister will contact you to complete an initial assessment. Step 3: An initial Treatment plan meeting will be held the same day as your child’s first day of school. This meeting will develop the child’s goals, strengths, and needs.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 15:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 15:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 15:30
Thursday 09:00 - 15:30
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