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Programs that Work

The PPN site features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children. All programs have been reviewed for quality and to ensure that they have evidence of positive effects.

Programs are assigned to one of three evidence level categories (Proven, Promising, or Other Reviewed Programs) according to a number of evidence criteria.

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Below is a complete list of all programs on the site, grouped by Proven and Promising Programs and Other Reviewed Programs.

 Proven and Promising Programs

Programs are assigned either a Proven or a Promising rating, depending on whether they have met PPN's evidence criteria.

The Abecedarian Project

Accelerated Academics Academy (AAA)

Accelerated Reader

Adolescent Coping with Depression Course

Athletes Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids (ATLAS)

Attachment-Based Family Therapy

Be Proud! Be Responsible!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Child Development Project

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Teacher Training Workshop

Child-Parent Centers

Class Wide Peer Tutoring Program

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

Cognitive Relaxation Coping Skills

Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI)

Communities In Schools

Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition

Coping Cat

Coping with Stress Course

Core Knowledge

Counselors Care (CARE)

Creating Lasting Family Connections

DARE to be You

Direct Instruction

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

Early Head Start

Early Intervention in Reading

The Effective Learning Program

Family Foundations

Family Support and Parenting Education in the Home

Family Thriving Program

Father/Male Involvement Preschool Teacher Education Program


Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.)

Get Real About AIDS

Go Grrrls

Guiding Good Choices

Head Start

Healthy Families New York (HFNY)

Healthy Start

Healthy Steps for Young Children

HighScope Perry Preschool Program

Hip-Hop to Health Jr.

Incredible Years

Infant Health and Development Program

Know Your Body

LifeSkills Training

Making Proud Choices!

Midwestern Prevention Project/Project STAR

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program

New Hope Project

New York City's Small Schools of Choice

Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP)

Nurse Family Partnership

Parent-Child Home Program

Parents as Teachers

Parents' Fair Share

Partners in Reading

Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies

Postponing Sexual Involvement/Human Sexuality Educational Series

Primary and Secondary Control Enhancement Training

Project ALERT

Project Northland

Project TRUST

Quantum Opportunity Program (QOP)

Reaching Educators, Children, and Parents (RECAP)

Reading Recovery

Reciprocal Teaching

Reducing the Risk

Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP)


Safe Child Program

Seattle Social Development Project

Second Step Violence Prevention

Self Center (School-Linked Reproductive Health Services)

Smart Start

Social Decision Making / Problem Solving


Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE)

Syracuse Family Development Research Program

Talent Development Secondary

Targeted Reading Intervention (TRI)

Team Accelerated Instruction: Math

Teen Talk


Triple P Positive Parenting Program

Triple Play

Who Do You Tell?

Wyman's Teen Outreach Program

 Other Reviewed Programs

Some programs are identified as Other Reviewed Programs. These programs have not undergone a full review by PPN, but evidence of their effectiveness has been reviewed by one or more credible organizations using standards similar to PPN's evidence criteria.

Achievement for Latinos through Academic Success

Across Ages

Aggression Replacement Training

Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders: Thinking and Acting to Prevent Violence

Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices

All Stars

All Stars (Core Program)


Behavioral Monitoring and Reinforcement Program

Bilingual Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition

Brief Strategic Family Therapy

Career Academies

Check & Connect


Children in Between

Class Action

Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA)

Community of Caring

Community Trials Intervention to Reduce High-Risk Drinking (RHRD)

Connect with Kids

Coping Power Program


Dialogic Reading

Early Intervention Program for Adolescent Mothers (EIP)

Early Risers 'Skills for Success' Program

Enhanced Proactive Reading

Everyday Mathematics

The Expert Mathematician

Facing History and Ourselves

Families And Schools Together (FAST)

Family Check-Up

Family Matters

Fast ForWord Language

FAST Track

Financial Incentives for Teen Parents to Stay in School

Focus on Families

Functional Family Therapy

Good Behavior Game

Growing Healthy

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

I CAN Learn Pre-Algebra and Algebra

I Can Problem Solve

Instructional Conversations and Literature Logs

Interactive Shared Book Reading

Keep A Clear Mind (KACM)

Keepin' it R.E.A.L. (Refuse, Explain, Avoid, Leave)

Leadership and Resiliency Program (LRP)

Lessons in Character

Let Each One Teach One Mentor Program

Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers (LIFT)

Lions-Quest Skills for Adolescence

Lions-Quest Working Toward Peace

Michigan Model for Comprehensive School Health Education

Minnesota Smoking Prevention Program

Multidimensional Family Therapy

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care

Not On Tobacco

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Open Circle Curriculum

OSLC Treatment Foster Care

Parent Child Development Center

Parenting Wisely

Parenting With Love and Limits


The Peacemakers Program: Violence Prevention for Students in Grades 4-8

Peers Making Peace

Phonological Awareness Training

Phonological Awareness Training plus Letter Knowledge Training

Positive Action

Preventive Treatment Program

Primary Mental Health Project


Project EX


Project Toward No Drug Abuse (Project TND)

Project Toward No Tobacco Use (Project TNT)

Project Venture

Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorders

Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS)

Protecting You / Protecting Me

Reading Mastery

Reconnecting Youth (RY)

Residential Student Assistance Program

Resources, Education, and Care in the Home (REACH)

Responding in Peaceful and Positive Ways (RIPP)

Safe Dates

Saxon Middle School Math

Say It Straight Training

SCARE Program

School Transitional Environmental Program

Schools and Families Educating Children (SAFE Children)

Shared Book Reading

SMARTteam (Students Managing Anger and Resolution Together)

SNAP (Stop Now And Plan) Under 12 Outreach Project (SNAP ORP)

Sound Foundations

Start Taking Alcohol Risks Seriously (STARS) for Families

Strengthening Families Program

Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14

Strong African American Families (SAAF) Program

Talent Search

Teaching Students to be Peacemakers

Teenage Health Teaching Modules

The Think Time Strategy

Too Good for Drugs

Too Good for Drugs and Violence

Too Good for Violence

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Twelve Together

University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) Algebra

Vocabulary Improvement Program for English Language Learners and Their Classmates