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Raising Healthy Children (formerly known as Seattle Social Development Project)

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Main Message: The Seattle Social Development Project (SSDP) is a multiyear, school-based youth development program that seeks to reduce childhood risk factors for school failure, drug abuse, and delinquency. Targeted risk factors include children’s bonding with their families and schools, academic achievement, interpersonal problem-solving skills, refusal skills, and positive classroom behaviors.

Target Population: Both genders from all racial backgrounds who are elementary school children in 1st- 6th grade.

Length: Multiple Years.

Program Size: Classroom.


  1. Interpersonal Problem Solving Curriculum - In this component, first-graders receive lessons focused on interpersonal problem solving skills, such as communication skills, decision-making negotiation, and conflict resolution.
  2. Refusal-Skills Training Curriculum - In this component, sixth-graders receive a four-hour refusal-skills training curriculum focused on helping students resist social influences to engage in problem behaviors, such as drug use and sex, and to identify and develop positive alternatives to these behaviors.
  3. Catch ‘Em Being Good Curriculum - In this component, parents of first- and second-grade students are offered behavior management training in a seven session curriculum called Catch ‘Em Being Good, which teaches parents to convey expectations for behavior in an effective way, to identify and reinforce positive behaviors, and learn and develop appropriate responses to negative behavior. This component seeks to reduce risk factors such as poor and inconsistent family management and family conflict.
  4. How to Help Your Child Succeed in School Curriculum - Parents of third-grade students are offered a four-session, academic support curriculum intended to improve parent-child communication and help parents become more involved in their children’s education.
  5. Guiding Good Choices - Parents of fifth- and sixth-grade students are offered a five- session curriculum to help them discourage their children from using substances. It seeks to reduce family conflict and improve communication.
  6. Training on Instructional Strategies and Classroom Behavior Management - Teachers are trained in methods relating to proactive classroom management, interactive teaching, and cooperative learning.