This project aimed to overcome traditional barriers to mental health services for 112 at-risk pre-school–aged children in day-care settings. It also set out to increase the skills and knowledge of 91 child-care workers in dealing with children who exhibit aggressive or non-compliant behaviour. The project hired two full-time behavioural consultants, who provided assessments, referrals, support, and workshops for families and community staff. In addition, a group of community stakeholders met monthly to monitor and provide feedback to the team. Evaluation of the project suggested that these children, their families, and child-care workers benefited from the project. The children’s behaviour improved, they received better access to services, and staff said that they learned much. Over half of the parent respondents said they learned better ways of dealing with their children’s behaviour at home. Overall, the model fit those in child-care centres better than it did those in family-care homes or infant centres.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.