Walker, H., Stiller, B., & Golly, A. (1998). First Step to Success: A collaborative Home-School Intervention for Preventing Antisocial Behavior at the Point of School Entry. Young Exceptional Children , 1 (2), 2-6. 


This article describes the First Step to Success early intervention program for preventing antisocial behavior among at-risk kindergartners. This early intervention program was designed to cope with the increasing numbers of young children who, at the point of school entry, show the soft early signs of emerging antisocial behavior patterns (i.e., physical aggression, severe tantrumming, disruption, defiance of adults, and so on). First Step to Success is a collaborative home and school intervention in which parents are enlisted as partners with the teacher(s) and school in helping young, at-risk children get off to the best possible start in school. Clear lines of communication and cooperation are established between home and school as part of the intervention process. First Step has three components (i.e., early screening and detection, school intervention, and parent training) and requires approximately three months from start to finish. The program was developed and tested over a four-year period. It has proven to be highly effective and is popular with early interventionists, teachers and parents who participate in its implementation.