First Step: Home/School Intervention for Preschoolers with Disruptive Behaviors

The research team is adapting the First Step to Success early intervention program for effective use with early childhood programs serving low-income children.

The research team is adapting the First Step to Success early intervention program for use with early childhood programs, such as Head Start. This preschool version of the First Step program provides Head Start parents, staff and professionals with a proven intervention option that will: 1) produce a reduction in serious behavior problems such as aggression, opposition-defiance, and other types of  antisocial behavior; 2) substantially improve school readiness, and; 3) improve the target child's critically important relationships with parents, caregivers, teachers, and peers.

For more information: First Step to Success


12/1/08 - 11/30/14


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)


Walker, H. M., Severson, H. H., Seeley, J. R., Feil, E. G., Small, J., Golly, A. M., … Forness, S. R. (2014). The evidence base of the First Step to Success early intervention for preventing emerging antisocial behavior patterns. In H.M. Walker & F.M. Gresham (Eds.), Handbook of evidence-based practices for emotional and behavioral disorders - Applications in schools. New York: Guilford Publishing, Inc.

Sumi, C. W., Woodbridge, M. W., Javitz, H., Thornton, S. P., Wagner, M., Rouspil, K., Yu, J., Seeley, J. R., Walker, H. M., Golly, A., Small, J. W., Feil, E. G., and Severson, H. (2013). Assessing the effectiveness of First Step to Success: Are short-term results the first step to long-term behavioral improvements? Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 21, 66-78.