Child First

Stable and nurturing caregiver-child relationships are the cornerstone of a child’s emotional well-being and the foundation for their language and cognitive development. When young children live in environments with high levels of stress (such as extreme poverty, maternal depression, domestic violence, substance abuse, and homelessness) and do not have nurturing relationships, the children experience “toxic stress” that damages their young, developing brains. Disruption of brain architecture during this critical period leads to major problems in emotional and behavioral health, learning and memory, and physical health (including heart disease and diabetes) throughout the lifespan.

Child FIRST (Child and Family Interagency Resource, Support, and Training) is an innovative, home-based, early childhood intervention, embedded in a system of care that works to decrease the incidence of serious emotional disturbance, developmental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect among the most vulnerable young children and families.

For more information about Child FIRST, call 203-384-3626 or visit