Dear RCPC parents/guardians,
The Rowan County School System is pleased to announce that we have received the Early Childhood Healthy Living grant to support drug education in the preschool and elementary schools. As part of Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards, students who participate in three and four year old preschool programs are taught to demonstrate health and mental wellness in individual and cooperative social environments. The preschool staff along with Mrs. Andi Tolle, have been trained to implement the “Al’s Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices” curriculum. More information about “Al’s Pals” is outlined on the back of this letter.
This year Mrs. Andi will be providing these evidence-based lessons in all of preschool classes twice a week. “Al’s Pals” is a puppet based curriculum that develops social behaviors such as self-control and solving problems. Additionally, Mrs. Andi and the preschool staff will be hosting family nights that include information about the “Al’s Pals” program.
If you have any questions regarding this program, feel free to contact your child’s teacher, Mrs. Andi or Mrs. Anderson. For more information regarding the drug education grant, contact Tamela Buttry or Michelle Guy at the Rowan County Board of Education.
Al’s Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices Overview
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
Parents may visit Acorn Dreams for quick parenting tips to grow children’s skills. The website is http://www.acorndreams.com/ The tips can be accessed in the middle of the page under In a Nutshell. This early childhood resource equips parents to guide their children, starting in the preschool years. The areas that are addressed are healthy habits, self-control, independence, social skills, brainpower and cooperation.
Additionally, Acorn Dreams has blog discussions where information and effective strategies are shared that nurture children’s social-emotional development and healthy behaviors.
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Dear parents/guardians of elementary students,
As part of Rowan County’s elementary curriculum which is based on state and national health standards, “Students will demonstrate an understanding of the use and misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.” Our elementary physical education teachers have been teaching the Too Good for Drugs lessons for several years. More information is on the back of this letter.
This year the elementary P.E. teachers will have access to additional resources that align to the program. As part of Rowan County’s Early Childhood Healthy Living Program grant, each elementary physical education class is receiving games, puzzles, CDs, books, posters, etc. that supplement Too Good for Drugs. Additionally, the elementary schools will be hosting family nights in the fall and spring that include information about drug education.
If you have any questions regarding this program, feel free to contact your child’s physical education teacher or principal at their school. For more information regarding the drug education grant, contact Tamela Buttry or Michelle Guy at the Rowan County Board of Education.
Too Good for Drugs, is a prevention program designed to reduce the risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. The program introduces and develops social and emotional skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure.
Too Good for Drugs teaches five essential social and emotional learning skills, which research has linked with healthy development and academic success:
- Goal Setting
- Decision Making
- Bonding with pro-social others
- Identifying and managing emotions
- Communicating effectively
Too Good for Drugs in Elementary School teaches the fundamental elements of social and emotional learning through developmentally appropriate activities that set the foundation for a healthy adolescence. Lessons build the skills kids need to set daily goals, identify emotions and feelings, and make healthy choices that contribute to their overall health and well-being.