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I Can Problem Solve

About This Resource

I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) is a school-based prevention program that trains children in generating a variety of solutions to problems, considering and understanding the possible consequences of those solutions, and recognizing thoughts, feelings, and motives that can lead to problem situations. ICPS is designed for young children, typically around the ages of 4 to 12, who are of lower and middle socioeconomic status, live in principally urban and rural settings, from multiple ethnic groups, and may be at risk for behavioral dysfunctions and interpersonal maladjustment. The program was created to encourage critical thinking, cognitive processing, and problem solving in young children, based on the principle of teaching "how to think" rather than "what to think."

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Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Registry
Crime Solutions from National Institute of Justice Registry

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Youth.Gov Program Directory Registry

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Who This Resource Is For


  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Support Tier: 

  • Tier 1
  • Age Range: 

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • Language: 

  • English
  • Ethnicity: 

  • African American/Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • White
  • Community Type: 

  • Rural
  • Urban