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Community of Caring

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Program Info

Outcome Areas
Healthy and Safe Children
Children Succeeding in School

Youths not using alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs
Students graduating from high school
Youths abstaining from sexual activity or not engaging in risky sexual behavior
Children and youth not engaging in violent behavior or displaying serious conduct problems

Topic Areas

     Age of Child
       Early Childhood (0-8)
       Middle Childhood (9-12)
       Adolescence (13-18)
     Type of Setting
       Elementary School
       Middle School
       High School
     Type of Service
       Parent Education
       Youth Development
     Type of Outcome Addressed
       Behavior Problems
       Cognitive Development / School Performance
       Juvenile Justice
       Physical Health
       Substance Use and Dependence
       Teen Sex / Pregnancy
       Violent Behavior

Evidence Level  (What does this mean?)
Other Reviewed Programs

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Program Overview

The Community of Caring program aims to strengthen the decision-making skills that young people need to avoid the destructive behaviors including early sexual involvement, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, delinquent behavior, and dropping out of school. The K-12 character education program contains eight essential components, including training and support, a facilitator, a coordinating committee, a comprehensive action plan, values across the curriculum, student forums, family and community involvement, and community service.

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Program Reviews

The Community of Caring program has not yet been thoroughly reviewed by PPN, but preliminary review suggests it may be effective at improving outcomes for the indicators listed above.

This program is highly regarded by other credible organizations and reviews of the program can be found online at the websites listed below:

USDOE: Exemplary and Promising Safe, Disciplined, and Drug Free Schools Programs 2001, pp. 56-58PDF file

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