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Family Check-Up – Toddler

The toddler version of the Family Check-Up (FCU) aims to prevent conduct problems among at-risk toddlers by improving the quality of parenting and increasing and maintaining parents’ use of Positive Behavior Support.

The Family Check-Up (Toddler version) is a strengths-based, family-centered intervention that motivates parents to use parenting practices in support of child competence, mental health, and reducing risks for substance use. The intervention has two phases: 1) initial interview, assessment, and feedback; and 2) Everyday Parenting as a follow-up service that builds parents’ skills in positive behavior support, healthy limit-setting, and relationship-building. Phase 1 involves three 1-hour sessions (interview, assessment, and feedback). As a health promotion and prevention strategy, Phase 2 of the FCU can be limited to 1 to 3 Everyday Parenting sessions; as a treatment approach, Phase 2 can range from 3 to 15 Everyday Parenting sessions. The FCU is appropriate for families with toddlers 17 months through 2 years of age and has been evaluated with samples including people of African American, White, Latino or Hispanic, and other race/ethnicities. FCU providers should have a master’s degree in education, social work, counseling, or related areas.

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Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
University of Colorado Boulder
Institute of Behavioral Science
UCB 483, Boulder, CO 80309


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currently funded by Arnold Ventures (formerly the Laura and John Arnold Foundation) and historically has received funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.