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.