Child First is a comprehensive, home-based, therapeutic intervention that targets young children and families with multiple risks and connects them with the services they need to support healthy child development. An earlier randomized controlled trial of Child First in one location showed that the program improved children’s social-emotional skills and language development, reduced mothers’ depression and improved their psychological functioning, reduced families’ involvement with child protective services, and increased families’ connections to services and support.
With funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and The Duke Endowment, the current study aims to replicate the findings from the earlier study in multiple locations across two states. Because this study has a larger sample it can examine program impacts over a longer time and among subgroups of participants who share certain characteristics of interest. This subgroup analysis can help policymakers and practitioners target the families most likely to benefit from Child First.