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The development of RFTS was financially supported by the Infant-Parent Program, McMaster Children’s Hospital-Chedoke Site and the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation Children’s Hospital Telethon. Special thanks go to those who helped with the development and implementation of the course and manual (Linda Hancock, Rita Harrison, Shawn McFadden, Anne Sentpetery, Barb Smith, and Susan Turner), and the video clips (Mtroop Creative Services), to the childcare providers, community partners, and previous course participants.

Without the sharing of information on “state-of-the-art” parent training courses (Community Parent Education; COPE), guidance, and mentoring of Dr. Charles Cunningham, “Right from the Start” and this manual would not have been possible. Much of the format for facilitating Right from the Start was derived from the Coping Modeling Problem Solving Approach. For more information on this model, and on Community Parent Education (COPE) programs for parents of challenging children, please contact Dr. Charles Cunningham, cunnic@hhsc.ca.