The Children's Institute (formerly the Primary Mental Health Project)

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The Children’s Institute has developed and provided prevention-oriented programs based on sound research to children since 1957. Several structured prevention and early intervention programs are provided to students, including:

  • Primary Project - A program developed for the early detection and prevention of school adjustment and learning problems in primary grade children.
  • A.C.T.- For the Children (Assisting Children Through Transition) - An interdisciplinary parent education program designed to provide separating parents with information and skills to reduce the stress of family change and protect their children from ongoing conflict.
  • Resiliency Program - A program that uses the results of research in factors affecting resiliency to address the needs of children placed at risk by their environment.
  • Study Buddy Program - A program that pairs primary grade students for class work.
  • Pre-K Preliminary Project - An extension of Primary Project that has been adopted for four-year-old children.

The Children’s Institute has proven effective at both improving educational achievement and behavioral adjustment.  Using a prevention-oriented approach, the Children’s Institute emphasizes:

  • A focus on young children before problems root.
  • The provision of active screening to identify children experiencing significant early school adjustment problems.
  • Services to identify children through the use of carefully selected, trained and supervised nonprofessional help agents.



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