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Together For Kids: Three-Year Project Report: A Project Administered By Community Healthlink, Inc., Melodie Wenz-Gross, Carole C. Upshur, Lynn Hennigan Mar 2006

Together For Kids: Three-Year Project Report: A Project Administered By Community Healthlink, Inc., Melodie Wenz-Gross, Carole C. Upshur, Lynn Hennigan

Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center Publications

The Together for Kids (TFK) project, funded by The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts and the United Way of Central Massachusetts, has been the result of the dedicated work of over 30 childcare, health care, child welfare and social service agencies concerned about early childhood mental health issues. These concerned constituents formed a coalition to address the increasing incidence of young children exhibiting challenging behaviors in preschool classrooms, as reflected nationally with current estimates ranging from 7% to 25% (Raver & Knitzer, 2002; Webster-Stratton & Hammond, 1997). These challenging behaviors typically include biting, hitting, throwing things, defying adults, or becoming withdrawn and unable to interact with others, and result in disrupted early childhood classrooms and children being expelled from programs (Grannan et al, 1999; Swanson, 2001). The problem of preschool expulsions has received national attention in recent years, and in fact a very ...