Promoting Family-Centered Positive Behavior Support at the Transition to Kindergarten

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6,7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. implement a family-centered intervention at the transition to kindergarten within an MTSS framework using motivational intervention as a method of communication.
  2. understand research findings that support family–school assessment and intervention at the transition to kindergarten within an MTSS framework.
  3. implement family-centered screening at the transition to kindergarten to identify risk and promote engagement in family–school intervention.


The purpose of this presentation is to describe a family-centered approach to promoting parenting and family–school support in a model called the Family Check-Up. Efficacy findings of the Family Check-Up at kindergarten entry for promoting parenting, family–school support, and children’s social–emotional competencies will be described. Participants will learn about efficacy findings of the Family Check-Up, as well as practical strategies to integrate family-centered assessment and intervention in a multitiered framework at the transition to kindergarten.



Stanley A. Garbacz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Garret J. Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Caleb E. Flack, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Megan J. Kaul, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Laura Lee McIntyre, Carly Holtzman, Kaitlyn Young


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