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The Primary Project is a school based early/detection and prevention program. The program is designed to enhance learning and adjustment skills as well as maximize healthy school adjustment in preschool through third grade children. Primary Project is targeted primarily to children with evident adjustment problems in the mild to moderate range, not children with serious dysfunction. Through “supportive” play, the child’s individual goals are met in a safe environment, and their competencies, social skills, and strengths are reinforced. The key to Primary Project is to prevent problems rather than using more traditional and costly services that undo problems after they develop. This evidence based practice model was developed by the Children’s Institute of Rochester, New York in 1957. Over 600 school districts nationwide use the Primary Project.
Primary Project is offered in Talbot County public schools. Grant funding sources have included the Talbot Family Network, The Women and Girls Fund, Christmas in St. Michael's and The United Fund of Talbot County. Current funding is provided by the Van Strum Foundation and an Anonymous Foundation.
For additional Primary Project information visit The Children’s Institute web site.
Services are offered year round through after school and summer programming. Incorporated in the structured schedule are activities that encourage the youth to develop skills for working in groups and in peer relationships. Services offered target the development of:
•Community living skills
• Peer and interpersonal relationship skills
• Problem solving skills
• Job readiness skills
• Leisure/recreation opportunities
Therapeutic interaction with staff promotes the modeling of positive behaviors and encourages the youth to practice new skill development in a safe, supportive environment.
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to visit and participate in the activities. Communication with the family is essential in guaranteeing success for the youth.
Individualized services are provided in the youth’s home, school or community. This is an opportunity for the youth to adapt new skills in a familiar environment. Emphasis is placed on skill development, enhancing self-confidence and establishing a network of natural supports.
Contact: Malkia Johnson, Youth Services Director - 410.228.8330
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