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Outcome Areas
Healthy and Safe Children
Children Ready for School

Children not experiencing physical, psychological or emotional abuse
Children ages 0 to 5 exhibiting age-appropriate mental and physical development
Children and youth not engaging in violent behavior or displaying serious conduct problems

Topic Areas

     Age of Child
       Early Childhood (0-8)
     Type of Setting
       Child Care / Preschool
       Home Visiting
     Type of Service
       Case Management
       Family Support
       Health Care Services
       Health Education
       Parent Education
     Type of Outcome Addressed
       Behavior Problems
       Child Abuse and Neglect
       Cognitive Development / School Performance
       Mental Health
       Physical Health

Evidence Level  (What does this mean?)
Other Reviewed Programs

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Program Overview

Child FIRST is a home-based intervention aimed at families with children from birth to age 6. The goal of Child FIRST is to decrease the incidence of serious emotional disturbance, developmental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect among high-risk young children and families. Home visitors, comprised of a team of clinicians and care coordinators, conduct comprehensive family assessments, provide parents guidance on nurturing parent-child relationships, and provide mental health support. At the same time, home visitors connect families with needed services in the community.

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Program Reviews

The Child FIRST program has not yet been thoroughly reviewed by PPN, but preliminary review suggests it may be effective at improving outcomes for the indicators listed above.

This program is highly regarded by other credible organizations and reviews of the program can be found online at the websites listed below:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness

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