OUR WORK: A Framework for Accelerating Progress for Children and Youth in America

April 17, 2017

How can we take what’s been learned and accelerate progress for young people in America, especially for those young people who are most vulnerable? How can we create the conditions for success for more young people, more quickly? To answer these questions, America’s Promise reviewed research about what’s changed in the past 20 years in young people’s lives and in our understanding of youth development. We surveyed our network, spoke with young people, and interviewed more than 200 people representing nonprofits, corporations, foundations, research and policy entities, educational institutions…
Highscope Preschool

January 15, 2014

The HighScope curriculum is an educational approach originally based largely on Piaget's interactional theory of child development. This curriculum aims to promote active learning by providing many opportunities for children to initiate their own activities and take responsibility for completing them. Most of the children attend the program for two years at ages 3 and 4. The classroom program meets for half-days (2.5 hours per day), five days a week for 7 months of the year, with 90-minute weekly home visits by preschool teachers.
Positive Action

January 15, 2014

Positive Action (PA) is a school-based program that includes school-wide climate change and a detailed curriculum with lessons 2-4 times a week—approximately 140 15-minute lessons per grade K-6 and 82 15-20 minute lessons per grade 7 and 8. Lessons for each grade level are scripted and age-appropriate and have all the materials to teach the lesson including posters, puppets, music, games, and other hands–on materials integrated into the lessons. The students’ materials come prepared for a classroom of 30 students and include activity booklets, journals and other lesson aids.