Evaluation of the Responsive Early Access for Durham’s Young Children (READY)

Positive social-emotional development in early childhood is essential for lifelong health and well-being. When children have safe environments and secure relationships with parents or caregivers, their bodies and brains are fully able to develop complex skills like self-regulation, empathy, resilience, and curiosity that are the building blocks for learning and growth. For children who experience trauma or chronic adversity, though, those developmental processes are interrupted, increasing their risk for a range of negative outcomes from dropping out of school to developing diabetes and other chronic illnesses in adulthood.

With a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Child and Family Health (CCFH), a Durham-based nonprofit with expertise in trauma-informed approaches to early childhood development, will will bring together partners in early care and education, pediatrics, family support, mental health, and homeless services in a unified strategy called Responsive Early Access for Durham’s Young Children (READY). The goal of the project is to build community capacity to screen, assess and provide evidence-based treatment services to children ages 0 to 8 with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Over the five-year grant cycle, the Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) at Duke will evaluate the impacts of the READY program at the community, agency, and individual child/family level.