Project Right Steps Model

Project Right Steps, one of the Maryland early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) projects, addresses the needs of child care providers and parents that are dealing with children (infancy through 5 years of age) with challenging behaviors. Project Right Steps is designed to support changes in the child's behavior through the consultant's work with both the child care provider and the family. Consultants offer services including observation, screening, assessment and development of a behavior plan. They suggest strategies to assist the provider(s) and a parent in addressing the child's challenging behaviors. Services are provided at child care centers, centers operating under a letter of compliance, family child care homes, Head Start/Early Head Start programs, Nursery School programs and public PreK/Kindergarten settings.

Project Right Step consultants also provide telephone and on-site technical assistance for families and child care providers about mental health issues that do not meet the criteria of an active case, but still requires the provision of basic information and resources.