Child First is a national, evidence-based, two-generation model created in Connecticut to address toxic stress and trauma in historically under-resourced families with young children.
The Child First approach is unique in combining comprehensive, coordinated services, psychotherapeutic intervention for child and caregiver, and increasing adult self-regulation and executive functioning in a single model, resulting in long-term positive outcomes for children and families through all stages of development. The Child First intervention targets those families experiencing the most complex, intersecting adversities, decreases stress within the family, increases stability, facilitates connection to growth-promoting services, and supports the development of healthy, nurturing, protective relationships.
The Child First Boston expansion will be driven by the community. Over the next year, affiliate agencies will be selected and trained in the Child First approach. With $2.4M already committed outside of GreenLight’s investment, and robust partnerships in early childhood and mental health, Child First is expected to serve 2,000+ children and families over their first four years.
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