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Caring School Community (formerly Child Development Project)

About This Resource

Caring School Community (formerly called the Child Development Project) is a whole-school program aimed at promoting positive youth development. Designed for elementary schools, the program attempts to promote prosocial values, improve academic achievement, and prevent drug use, violence, and delinquency by encouraging collaboration among students, staff, and parents. Caring School Community includes four components designed to be implemented throughout the year: 1) Class Meetings, which promote communication and decision-making between teachers and students to improve the classroom climate; 2) Cross-Age Buddies, which pairs classes of younger and older students for academic and recreational activities to facilitate supportive relationships across ages; 3) Homeside Activities, which include parent-child activities completed at home that complement and reinforce the program's school components; and 4) School-wide Community-Building Activities, which include a variety of activities designed to engage parents in the school environment and to link parents and their children to the greater community. (Source)

Washingnton State Institute of Promising Practices benefit-cost report (rated: Promising)

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

Rating: Promising


Washington State Institute for Public Policy Registry

Rating: Promising


What Works Clearinghouse Registry



Youth.Gov Program Directory Registry

Rating: Promising


Cost Information

Link: https://www.communitiesinschools...

Who This Resource Is For


  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Marijuana Use Prevention
  • Substance Use Prevention
  • Support Tier: 

  • Tier 1
  • Age Range: 

  • Elementary
  • Language: 

  • English
  • Ethnicity: 

  • Not Specified / Any
  • Community Type: 

  • Not Specified / Any