Children with Challenging Behaviors: Survey of Boulder County Early Care and Education Providers 
Summary of Key Findings

The purpose of the present study is to provide quantitative information on the prevalence and
characteristics of children exhibiting challenging behaviors in Boulder County’s early care and
education settings and to describe provider responses to these behaviors. More specifically:
  • What is the prevalence of children under age six with challenging behaviors in early
  • care/education settings?
  • What is the expulsion rate of children with challenging behaviors?
  • Do different types of child care settings have different expulsion rates?
  • Do expelled children have different demographic characteristics than all children in care?
  • Do teachers who have recently expelled one or more children have different characteristics
  • than those who have not?
  • Do different levels of access to mental health consultation make a difference in expulsion
  • rates?
  • What types of challenging behaviors do providers most commonly see?
  • How do providers most often respond to these behaviors?
  • How do providers access support in dealing with children?

    A Study of Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Programs

    Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) embarked on this study to address critical knowledge gaps in the field and provide data-driven guidance around consultation program design.This report summarizes the findings of this study and offers key recommendations for policymakers/funders, ECMHC providers, ECE program administrators, and researchers/evaluators.

    The Cost of Failure Revisited: Kid Connects Mental Health Consultation as a Cost Savings Investment Strategy

    This report has taken two approaches to address the likelihood that investing in Kid Connects would be a
    wise fiscal strategy. First, it highlights the various ways in which Kid Connects could be expected to
    generate both short-term and long-term savings, and makes some reasonable efforts to estimate the
    actual dollar savings that are possible given the effectiveness of the program to improve child
    functioning. It does so by estimating the cost of providing Kid Connects to the entire low-income
    population in Boulder County ($2.4 million) and estimating the various public expenditures on later
    mental health care, food stamps and TANF, child welfare, and high school dropout that might be
    avoided as a result ($4.3 million). This estimate yielded a total possible savings of $1.9 million annually,
    assuming Kid Connects could be delivered

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