Successful Starts

kid's handsAWARE’s Successful Starts program is a collaborative partnership with the early childhood community, such as Head Start and local child care providers. It is a comprehensive approach to preventing, identifying and treating early social, emotional and behavioral concerns, ultimately improving social and emotional outcomes for young children and helping them achieve school readiness. Using evidence-based practices, Successful Starts provides a continuum of services that offers families support and intervention, depending on their needs.  Support and training for early childhood practitioners is also available

AWARE provides a wraparound approach to total family care and includes:

Therapy and Mental Health Care

Successful Starts clinicians provide family, group and individual therapy either in the family’s home, a partnering Head Start program, or an AWARE office.

Family Support (Home Support Services)

AWARE dedicates child and family specialists to interact with identified children on family home visits and during recreational outings and social activities. The child and family specialist help parents and families increase their knowledge about child development and managing challenging behaviors.  Additionally, case management services are available to assist parents in making connections to community resources.

Individualized Child Support

AWARE’s behavior support coordinators support children in their classrooms, child care centers and in the community. Behavior support coordinators provide individualized support in helping children reach their goals by teaching and reinforcing positive social skills and behavior.

Teacher or Child Care provider Support

AWARE Successful Starts clinicians provide training, ongoing coaching and professional development for staff in order to help the grow their skills in working with the social and emotional needs of young children and families.  For more information on this option, please contact Melinda Wade Edwards at 406-360-8856.

Successful Starts is offered in the following communities:

  • Miles City
  • Billings
  • Bozeman
  • Butte
  • Great Falls
  • Helena

For more information in these communities, contact Erin Kalanik,