FIRST STEP Next is a collaborative home and school intervention for preschool through second grade. The teacher, family member, and behavioral coach (for example, school counselor, early childhood educator, or behavioral specialist) teach the at-risk child skills that contribute to school success and the development of friendships.
This evidence-based early intervention program is designed for young children who exhibit challenging behaviors such as defiance, conflicts with peers, and disruptive behaviors.
FIRST STEP Next Process
FIRST STEP Next Materials
The FIRST STEP Next tote bag includes everything a coach needs to implement the program:
Each FIRST STEP Next Student Set contains all the consumable materials needed for a coach, teacher, and family to work with a single focus student.
Coach's Folder holds forms for determining eligibility, conducting meetings, communicating with the student's family, monitoring progress, and maintaining skills after FIRST STEP Next implementation ends.
Teacher's Folder contains materials the classroom teacher needs to take over classroom implementation of FIRST STEP Next. The Teacher's Workbook provides implementation guidance and practical tips for supporting student behavior. The Green and Red Card is used to give feedback to the focus student, and the Skill Review Chart makes it easy for the teacher to review the skills the student is learning.
Home and School Connections Folder provides family members with materials needed to carry out the 5- to 10-minute family component of FIRST STEP Next. The Home and School Connections Workbook includes a daily log to prompt positive interactions with the child and activities to reinforce the skills the child learns in school. Lesson cards and a coloring book help family members and the child review skills together.
Additional Student Sets are available in sets of three. NEW! Spanish-language Student Sets
You may also purchase additional Super Students! books, which are used to teach students social skills lessons. An optional Gymboss timer and wristband can be purchased to time the intervals that are part of the classroom Green Card game.
This memo from lead author Hill Walker outlines the new features in First Step NEXT as compared with the original First Step to Success.
As a Tier 2 intervention for students whose misbehavior fails to respond to classwide prevention, First Step has not only been established as evidence based across four large-scale randomized trials, but it is also the most fun to implement. Teachers and kids just love it!
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA
The FIRST STEP Next intervention is a great program designed to help children with challenging behaviors achieve school success. As a former early childhood teacher, I am constantly looking for new strategies to make a difference for young children. This intervention has streamlined tools to help implement positive behavior strategies in the classroom and reach students who may need additional supports.
First Step behavioral coach
FIRST STEP Next is a wonderful school intervention program designed to promote academic success and positive school and social engagement! The First Step NEXT materials are organized in three user-friendly categories (coach, teacher, family), which make the program easy to implement in the school and home setting. The seven Super Student Skills are a great way for the First Step coach to connect with the student and teach them about appropriate social skills for use inside and outside the classroom. The school-to-home connection piece makes the positive reinforcement come full circle!
First Step behavioral coach
The FIRST STEP Next intervention is just what many students, teachers, and parents need. The social skills training is extremely well packaged and teaches children what so many teachers want them to know. The Green Card game is a wonderful tool to help improve teacher classroom management skills and to reinforce the Super Student skills taught through one-on-one instruction. FIRST STEP Next is a must-have intervention for any specialized instructional support provider who is charged with teaching young children with challenging behavior and lacking in essential social skills as well as supporting teacher classroom management skills.
—First Step behavioral coach