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The Impact of Family Involvement on the Education of Children Ages 3 to 8: A Focus on Literacy and Math Achievement Outcomes and Social Emotional Skills

Summarizes research conducted primarily over the past 10 years on how families’ involvement in children’s learning and development through activities at home and at school positively impacts literacy, mathematics, and social-emotional skills of children ages 3 to 8. Addresses implications for future research and practice on family involvement.

The Integration of Behavioral Health into Pediatric Primary Care Settings

This issue brief reviews findings from the Project LAUNCH grantee evaluations, highlighting the promising approaches to behavioral health integration among the Project LAUNCH grantees and the impact of these efforts, including increased screening and early referrals from primary care providers and improved social-emotional functioning among children.

The Use of Mental Health Consultation in Early Care and Education Settings

This issue brief further examines the impact of ECMHC on children, families, and ECE and home visiting staff based on the Project LAUNCH grantee evaluations, and identifies lessons from this work that can inform the successful expansion of ECMHC services within ECE settings and home visiting programs in other states.

Beyond the Grant: LAUNCH Grantees Influence Policy Changes to Advance Child Wellness Goals

This brief highlights many notable and emerging successes of grantees in expanding and sustaining LAUNCH services through policy changes that advance child wellness goals at the state, territory, or tribal level. An analysis of recent successes finds that grantees were most likely to make policy changes focused on expanding screening and assessment, one of the five LAUNCH core strategies, likely because it is simpler and less costly to scale than the other LAUNCH programmatic approaches.

Beyond the Grant: LAUNCH Grantees’ Successes in Expanding and Sustaining Services to Children and Families

This brief highlights many notable and emerging successes of grantees in expanding and sustaining services for children and families in the five core Project LAUNCH strategies (screening and assessment; enhanced home visiting through increased focus on social and emotional well-being; mental health consultation in early care and education programs; family strengthening and parent skills training; and integration of behavioral health into primary care settings).

Project LAUNCH Infographic: Supporting Early Childhood Mental Health

Nationwide, communities, states, territories, and tribes are pioneering new ways to promote young child wellness through Project LAUNCH, a federal initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Project LAUNCH sites increase and improve evidence-based programs for children (0–8) and families and strengthen collaboration among child-serving organizations so that all children enter school ready to succeed.

Download an infographic that provides an overview of Project LAUNCH, a map of grantees, and evaluation findings.

Project LAUNCH Sustainability Guide and Self-Assessment Tool

The Sustainability Self-Assessment Tool Guide, developed by the National Resource Center on Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (NRC), is a resource developed for Project LAUNCH grantees to assist with planning and developing efforts to sustain certain activities. The tool provides a structure for Project LAUNCH grantees to record the current status of their sustainability plan/efforts and set priorities.


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