Child First

Child First develops nurturing, consistent, and responsive parent-child relationships. This national, evidence-based, two-generation model works with very vulnerable young children and families, providing intensive, home-based services.

When young children grow up in environments where there is violence, neglect, mental illness or substance abuse, the stress can be toxic to their developing brains. But we can intervene to prevent this damage. Scientific research demonstrates that we can make a difference if we:

  • Work to connect families to needed community-based services to decrease the stress, and
  • Build strong, loving, parent-child relationships that protect and heal the brain from trauma and stress.

Our goal is a young brain focused on learning, rather than a brain focused on survival.