Child first in action

Who we are

Child First, a 501(c)(3), is an innovative, home-based early childhood intervention, embedded in a system of care. Child First works with the most vulnerable young children (prenatal through age five years) and families to decrease serious emotional disturbance, developmental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect. >more

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what people are saying

“Child First has marshaled strong evidence demonstrating the ability to intervene early, at relatively low cost, to reduce the harm caused by childhood stress in extremely high-need families.”

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David Bornstein
New York Times "Fixes" Columnist
Author of “How to Change the World”

This Gives Me Hope praises Child First model and teams as "Angels who wrap their wings around troubled families."

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Cathryn Wellner

“I consider Child First one of the most impressive interventions for young children that I have ever witnessed in my long lifetime.” Edward Zigler, Ph.D.
Founder and Director Emeritus
Zigler Center for Child Development at Yale University
Founder of Head Start

Child First “integrates cutting edge understanding of brain science within a therapeutic intervention targeted toward the needs of the most vulnerable children and families.” Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston
Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

“You are amazing… Even though you're here for my daughter, you have impacted me in such a positive way... Thank you for not judging me.” Child First Parent

Child First “has transformed scientific research into an extremely effective, evidence-based practice.” Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston
Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

“I'm glad this program exists. To me personally you are a blessing. Angels in disguise.” Child First Parent

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