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The Assessing Development to Assist Preschoolers in Transition (ADAPT) program was developed to address behavior health needs of preschoolers in the classroom setting. IHS was awarded grant funding to hire two licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) for the ADAPT program to provide on-site behavioral health screening, assessment, and therapeutic intervention to the children, teachers, and families at School Readiness sites in East Hartford.

ADAPT Summary 2016-17

Total Population = 349
ADAPT Summary


  • 29% of children were identified “At-risk” compared to 4-12% nationally
  • 74% of families with children identified as “High risk” accepted therapeutic intervention
  • 60% of children who received ADAPT therapeutic intervention demonstrated clinical improvement


On-site access to an LCSW fosters the foundation of trust between parents and teachers, proving ADAPT provides a cost-effective, affordable, and time efficient method to identify and address behavioral health issues in preschoolers.