This program is approved for WV Expanded School Mental Health.
Last reviewed: 2023
Intended Outcomes:Caring School Community (CSC), formerly called Child Development Project, is a family- and school-based multi-year intervention that is designed to prevent substance use, violence and delinquency and promote positive youth development, prosocial behavior, academic performance, and a school-wide feeling of community.
Continuum of Care:
Behavioral Health/Mental Health, Disruptive Behaviors, Substance Use
Childhood (4-12), Teen/Adolescent (13-18)
Significant and well-articulated attention was given to disparities in outcomes
This program is for students who are in kindergarten through 8th grade.
This program is implemented by classroom teachers.
Is Training Required?
Who can provide the required training?
Although there is no specific training for CSC, there are multiple professional learning opportunities that are embedded within the program. Click here for more professional learning information.
Program Costs (materials, training, etc.):
Yes, refer to program website
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research:
Center For Collaborative Classrooms (n.d) Evidence from the Field: An impact study of Collaborative Classroom curriculum implementation and professional learning. 8-9. Retrieved from https://public.cdn.ccclearningportal.org/wp/MKT-4288_Evidence_from_Field_Book_WEB_Final.pdf
Solomon, Daniel H., Marilyn S. Watson, Kevin L. Delucchi, Eric Schaps, and Victor Battistich. 1988. “Enhancing Children’s Prosocial Behavior in the Classroom.” American Educational Research Association 24(4):527–54.
Muñoz, M. A., & Vanderhaar, J. E. (2006). Literacy-embedded character education in a large urban district: Effect of the child development project on elementary school students and teachers. Journal of Research in Character Education, 4(1-2), 47-64.
Supported by Research
»WV Ratings Info
Rationale for Rating:
In research studies where Caring School Community (CSC) had high quality implementation as a universal prevention program for classroom implementation, the control groups demonstrated good outcomes in grades K-8. Our review yielded more recent research studies than referenced in other national databases.
Contraindications or Concerns:
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare:
Not On Registry
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development:
Not On Registry
Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness:
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide:
Promising - More than one study
Washington State Institute for Public Policy:
Found on the registry. See link for more information.
Washington State Institute for Public Policy Registry Link: