Capturing Kids’ Hearts

Through experiential training, expert coaching, a character-based curriculum for students, and personalized support, Capturing Kids' Hearts® equips professionals in K-12 education to implement transformational processes focused on social-emotional wellbeing, relationship-driven campus culture, and student connectedness. It’s a culture-shifting, sustainable process that can be used in classrooms, during staff meetings, in athletic programs, in cafeterias, on school buses, and in homes.

Last reviewed: 2023

Intended Outcomes:

  • Increased student achievement
  • Decreased discipline referrals
  • Increased attendance rates
  • Increased graduation rates
  • Increased teacher satisfaction

Continuum of Care:
Universal Prevention

Topic Areas:
Behavioral Health/Mental Health, Disruptive Behaviors

Childhood (4-12), Teen/Adolescent (13-18)

Geographic Locations:
Rural, Urban

Delivery Settings:
Community-Based, School-Based

Cultural Considerations:
No research found involving diverse populations

This program is intended for teachers, campus staff, administrators, coaches, athletic staff, students, and more.

There are no minimum qualifications needed to implement the program.


Is Training Required?
Yes, see developer info

Who can provide the required training?
Please use the following link to contact the program and discover more information about training:

Program Costs (materials, training, etc.):
Yes, refer to program website

Program/Practice Website:

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research:

Hanson, T., Zhang, G., Petrosino, A., Dietsch, B., Guckenberg, S., Cerna, R., … & Polik, J. (2021). A Randomized Impact Evaluation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts.


Rhea, A., & Singh, M. (2020). Capturing Kids’ Hearts: A Three-Year Program Evaluation, 2016-17 to 2018-19. Wake County Public School System.

Promising rating

WV Rating:
»WV Ratings Info

Rationale for Rating:

Promising for decreases in discipline issues in school, as reported by teachers and some increases in positive social behaviors. Studies took place in California, New York, and South Carolina, but only one study reported any demographics, an age range of 11-14 years old. Measures used were not verified tools, they relied on self-report surveys and observation only. There is not a lot of consistency in the results, so this program could be studied further to show more effectiveness.

Contraindications or Concerns:
None identified

Other Registries/Ratings

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare:
Not On Registry

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development:
Not On Registry

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness:
Not On Registry

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide:
Not On Registry

Washington State Institute for Public Policy:
Not On Registry