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Al's Pals

Al’s Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices Overview

Al’s Pals is a comprehensive curriculum and teacher training program that develops social-emotional skills, self-control, problem-solving abilities, and healthy decision-making in children ages 3-8 years old. The program is nationally recognized as an evidence-based model prevention program and received top rating by the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning in their Social-Emotional Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report.

Through fun lessons, engaging puppets, original music, and effective teaching approaches, Al’s Pals:

  • Helps young children regulate their own feelings and behavior, allowing educators more time for creative teaching by reducing the need for discipline
  • Creates and maintains classroom environments of caring, cooperation, respect, and responsibility
  • Teaches conflict resolution and peaceful problem-solving
  • Promotes appreciation of differences and positive social relationships
  • Prevents and addresses bullying behavior
  • Conveys clear messages about the harms of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • Builds children’s abilities to make healthy choices and cope with life’s difficulties

The premise of Al’s Pals is similar to that of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) – that interactions between teachers and children matter. Wingspan has prepared a crosswalk showing how Al’s Pals aligns with the CLASS domains: Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support.

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