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Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood A Research-Based Guide (In Brief)

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Prenatal/Infancy and Toddlerhood

Universal Programs Description Target Population Context
Durham Connects23
www.childandfamily
policy.duke.edu
Postnatal nurse home-visiting program
  • Mother
  • Father (when possible)
  • Child
  • Family
Selective Programs Description Target Population Context
Early Steps,
Family Check Up
6
Supports families with young children (ages 2 through 5) who may have stress due to income or other family issues
  • Mother
  • Child
  • Family
Family Spirit24
www.jhsph.edu/
caih
Prenatal and early childhood (up to age 3) home visitation for American Indian teen mothers and their children
  • Mother
  • Child
  • Family
Nurse Family Partnership25
www.nursefamily
partnership.org
Prenatal and infancy home visitation program for young first-time mothers from low socio-economic backgrounds and their children through age 2
  • Mother
  • Father (when possible)
  • Child
  • Family

Preschool

Selective Programs Description Target Population Context
Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care for Preschoolers26
www.oslc.org

www.oslccp.org
Parenting training and access to resources for foster parents and therapy for 3- to 6-year-old children in foster care who are referred from the child welfare system by their caseworkers
  • Foster family
  • Child
  • Family
  • School

Transition to Elementary School

Universal Programs Description Target Population Context
Caring School
Community
Program
27
www.devstu
.org
Family and school intervention for children making the transition to elementary school to strengthen students' "sense of community"
  • School
  • Teacher
  • Family
  • Child
  • School
  • Family
Classroom-
Centered Intervention
28
www.jhsph.edu/
prevention
Multi-component, first-grade intervention that enhances teachers’ behavior management and instructional skills through the “Good Behavior Game” and provides enhanced reading and math curricula
  • Class-room
  • Child
  • School
Linking the
Interests of Families and Teachers
29
www.partnersfor
ourchildren.org
Multi-component intervention for students in the 1st and 5th grades in schools in districts with high levels of juvenile delinquency to improve school and family environments while reinforcing stronger links between the two
  • Class-room
  • Child
  • Family
  • School
  • Family
Raising Healthy Children4
www.sdrg.org
School- and home-based intervention targeting children in grades 1 through 12 with teacher education, parent workshops, and child programs along with support
  • Family
  • Child
  • Class-room
  • School
  • Family

SAFEChildren15
www.curry.
virginia.edu/

youth-nex

Intervention developed specifically for 1st graders from urban, disadvantaged, or low-income neighborhoods that includes multi-family meetings and tutoring in school
  • Family
  • Child
  • School
  • Family
Seattle Social
Development Project
10
www.ssdp-tip.org/SSDP/
index.html
Intervention for elementary school children that includes parenting classes, including drug abuse prevention, and teacher training to improve students’ academic performance and social skills
  • School
  • Parent /
    Family
  • Child
  • School
  • Family
Selective Programs Description Target Population Context
Early Risers "Skills for Success" Risk Prevention Program30 Intervention for elementary school-aged children ages 6 to 10 at higher risk for serious conduct problems based on risk factors such as exposure to stressful life experiences and/or early aggressive and disruptive behaviors
  • Parent
  • Child
  • School
  • Family
Kids in Transition to School31
www.oslc.org
Designed for children in the foster care system as they enter school by giving caregivers skills for helping with the transition and becoming involved in the child’s schooling, including therapy, and support groups
  • Child
  • School
Tiered Programs Description Target Population Context
Fast Track Prevention Trial for Conduct Problems32
www.fasttrack
project.org


www.channing-
bete.com


www.episcenter.
psu.edu/
ebp/altthinking


www.paths
training.com
Comprehensive intervention delivered in grades 1 through 10 including a universal program for all students and selective interventions for high-risk children showing aggression at home and school, as assessed in kindergarten
  • Family
  • School
  • Class-room
  • Child
  • School
  • Family
  • Com-munity
Incredible Years16
www.incredible
years.com
Multi-component prevention and treatment intervention for use in day care, preschool (2 to 5 years), and early primary grades (6 to 8 years)
  • Family
  • Child
  • Class-room
  • School
  • Family
Positive Action33
www.positive
action.net
Multi-component, school-based, social-emotional and character development program that includes programs for the classroom, school, families, and the community
  • Family
  • School
  • Class-room
  • Child
  • School
Schools and Homes in Partnership34
www.ori.org
Intervention for children in kindergarten through 3rd grade who have aggressive behavior or reading problems that includes parent training, social behavior intervention, and reading instruction
  • Parent
  • Child
  • School
  • Family

This page was last updated September 2016

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NIDA. (2016, September 1). Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood A Research-Based Guide (In Brief). Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/principles-substance-abuse-prevention-early-childhood-research-based-guide-in-brief

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