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.