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Child First, Inc.
Child First (Child and Family Interagency Resource, Support, and Training) is an intensive, early childhood, two-generation home visiting intervention that works with a community’s most vulnerable young children (prenatal to age six years) and their families. The goal is to identify children at the earliest possible time to decrease emotional and behavioral problems, developmental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect.
Impact and Outcomes
Results of a randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that at 12 month follow-up, Child First intervention families had strong positive outcomes, as compared to Usual Care control families:
Child First children were 68% less likely to have language problems and 42% less likely to have aggressive and defiant behaviors
Child First mothers had 64% lower levels of depression and/or mental health problems.
Child First families were 39% less likely to be involved with child protective services, which was sustained (33%) at 3 year follow-up.
Child First family members had a 98% increase in access to community services and supports.