Project KIND (Keys to Improvement Necessary for Development) is a life skills curriculum designed for kindergarten students to increase their school success by promoting social, emotional, and behavioral skills. The curriculum addresses core areas of social and emotional learning such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decisionmaking. Project KIND consists of 12 weekly, 30-minute lessons in which students learn strategies to manage their behaviors by participating in highly interactive activities that incorporate literature, modeling, singing, and dialoging. The curriculum focuses on strengthening five behaviors, called behavioral keys: respect, manners, smart choices, cooperation, and communication. Each of these keys is addressed over two lessons. The final two lessons, called Keys to Success, provide an overview and reinforcement of all the behavioral keys. A newsletter is sent home after the completion of each pair of lessons to inform parents about what their child has learned. Parents are provided parenting tips and an interactive activity to reinforce and encourage use of the social and emotional skills and positive behavior learned at school. Project KIND can be implemented by trained facilitators or school personnel (e.g., teachers, guidance counselors).
|Areas of Interest||Mental health promotion|
1: Classroom behavior
|Outcome Categories||Social functioning|
|Genders||Data were not reported/available.|
|Races/Ethnicities||Data were not reported/available.|
|Implementation History||Project KIND has been delivered to an estimated 5,750 students in 4 school districts in Ohio. Project KIND has been evaluated in more than 20 research studies.|
|NIH Funding/CER Studies||
Partially/fully funded by National Institutes of Health: No
Evaluated in comparative effectiveness research studies: No
|Adaptations||No population- or culture-specific adaptations of the intervention were identified by the developer.|
|Adverse Effects||No adverse effects, concerns, or unintended consequences were identified by the developer.|
|IOM Prevention Categories||Universal|
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Leahy, P. J. "Project Kind" evaluation results. Unpublished manuscript.