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Project LAUNCH is a program funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that aims to promote the wellness of at-risk young children birth to age 8. Project LAUNCH uses a public health approach and focuses on improving the systems that serve young children. “The goal: for all children to reach physical, social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive milestones. Project LAUNCH aims to have all young children reach their developmental potential, enter school ready to learn, and experience success in the early grades.”

NYC Project LAUNCH is funded through the Fund for Public Health in New York (the Fund) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). Through partnerships with the New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD) and the Mental Health Association (MHA) of New York City, DOHMH coordinates efforts to provide early childhood mental health services in primary care, early care and education settings, and community settings to two communities: Hunt’s Point in South Bronx, and East Harlem. Services include social-emotional screenings in health clinics and a public school; placing bilingual mental health professionals into primary care settings; providing mental health consultation to nurses in a home visiting program; mental health consultation in a public school; offering parenting classes to caregivers in their own communities; and providing teacher trainings for workforce development. In addition, NYC Project LAUNCH has convened the Council on Young Child Wellness, made up of community partners and key stakeholders, to shape policy and guide community implementation.

NCCP is subcontracted by the Fund and DOHMH to conduct an evaluation of these services. We will collect and analyze data about the children and families being served to determine how they are being affected by the intervention, and what may help improve services.