About the Intervention
Although the number of young children demonstrating problem behavior in early childhood settings continues to rise, the early childhood years are an important time for social/emotional development and problem behavior is alterable with effective early intervention. BEST in CLASS was designed to ameliorate challenging behavior and to build the positive prosocial behaviors linked to later social outcomes and academic success. Specifically, BEST in CLASS is a Tier 2 intervention, designed to address the needs of young children who demonstrate persistent and intensive challenging behaviors in early childhood programs, which place them at future risk for developing social, emotional and behavioral disorders.
The BEST in CLASS intervention is designed to enhance and support early childhood teachers’ use of effective instructional practices that can help prevent these young children’s challenging behaviors and support learning. Most teachers are already using many of the BEST in CLASS practices in their class; however, when teachers increase and enhance their use of these practices, many children at risk for social, emotional, and behavioral disorders will learn the social and behavioral skills necessary for school success.