Early Pathways Program (EPP)

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About This Program

Target Population: Children 6 years of age and younger with significant behavior and/or emotional problems and their primary caretaker(s)

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 6

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 6

Brief Description

EPP is a home-based, parent-child therapy program for children 6 years of age and younger with significant behavior and/or emotional problems. It was designed specifically for a diverse population of very young children who come from families living in poverty, most of whom meet criteria for a psychiatric diagnosis. EPP emphasizes psychoeducation, direct clinician modeling to parents and other primary caretakers of effective strategies to strengthen the child’s positive behaviors and reduce challenging ones, parent practice of new strategies with clinician feedback, and parent coaching. Treatment occurs weekly for an average of 8-12 weeks with booster sessions added as needed

Program Goals:

The goals of the Early Pathways Program (EPP) are:

  • Strengthen the parent-child relationship
  • Improve parent-child interactions during play
  • Reduce the child’s behavior problems
  • Increase the child’s positive behaviors
  • Improve the parent’s nurturing skills
  • Improve the parent’s appropriate limit-setting skills for the child’s challenging behaviors while discouraging the use of verbal and corporal punishment
  • Increase the parent’s knowledge of appropriate developmental expectations for their child and to apply them
  • Improve the parent’s thoughtfulness and calmness when managing their child’s behavior problems
  • Improve the parent’s confidence in managing new problems that emerge after EPP ends

Contact Information

Robert A. Fox, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Marquette University, College of Education
Website: www.marquette.edu/education/early-pathways/#
Phone: (414) 288-1469

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2016