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Dr. Chris Payne

Dr. Chris Payne (The Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the Guilford County Partnership for children for the project Bringing Out the Best: Supporting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Development.”

Social-emotional development and school readiness/success in young children is clearly linked with children who have behavioral or emotional challenges being at risk not only for later mental health challenges but also for school failure. Estimates are that 10-14 percent of children ages birth to five years old are likely to have a serious enough challenge in social/emotional or behavioral development to warrant intervention. This equates to approximately 4,000 children in Guilford County.

Dr. Payne’s project will increase school readiness/success by improving the quality of the early education and care experiences for these infants and young children. More specifically, Bringing Out the Best (BOB) builds the capacity of early education and care providers, Pre-K teachers, directors/administrators and families to reduce behavioral challenges and support social/emotional development through evidence-based prevention and intervention services.

Project activities will result in infants and preschoolers with behavioral challenges maintaining their child care/preschool placement; families and child care providers/teachers/directors developing new skills to support children’s social-emotional development; and earlier screening and intervention reducing behavioral challenges and increasing social emotional competencies. The impact of this project will be to intervene early to support children who will be ready for school and ready for life. Bringing Out the Best continues to play an important role in advancing the mission of the Guilford County Partnership for Children to support, educate, connect, and advocate through the services it provides for children, early educators and families. BOB fulfills a critical need to provide services where no comparable services exist.