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Child Development Project

Program Type: Resources - Information or materials that might help develop a program/project in a community but can not be defined as a Best Practice, Promising Practice, or Local Effort.

The Child Development Project (CDP) is a multifaceted, schoolwide improvement program that helps elementary schools become "caring communities of learners" for their students (5 to 12 years old). CDP significantly reduces children's early use of alcohol and marijuana and their involvement in violence-related behavior. CDP is designed to strengthen connections among peers and between students of different ages, teachers and students, and home and school, in order to promote: (1) School bonding: students commitment to, and engagement in, their school (2) Students interpersonal skills and commitment to positive values (3) Classroom and school-wide climate of safety, respect, caring, and helpfulness. The program, which involves students in all grade levels, their families, teachers, and school administrators, prepares children to play responsible roles in their classrooms and schools so that later they can contribute to the wider society. The program has recently been streamlined and strengthened to make it more feasible and affordable to implement, and more effective at boosting literacy skills.

Age Group(s):
Children, Adolescents, Adults

Site Type(s):

Health Indicator(s):
Excessive Alcohol Consumption , Injury Prevention , Maternal Child Health, Substance Abuse

Service Area:

Alcohol/substance abuse prevention, Behavioral health/behavioral change, Drug abuse prevention, School health, Teaching strategies


Name: Eric Schaps, Ph.D.
Site or Location Name: The Child Development Project (CDP)
2000 Embarcadero, Suite 305
Oakland, CA 00000
Phone: 8006667270