Toolbox Project

Toolbox Project is a simple and practical metaphor directing children to the experience and awareness of 12 innate Tools that already exist inside them. Opening the door to authentic relationship to self and others, Toolbox Project naturally encourages social equity through empathy, understanding, and 12 skills or practices to navigate the complexities of everyday life.

It’s a Kindergarten through sixth grade social and emotional learning (SEL) program that builds and strengthens children’s inherent capacity for resilience, self-mastery and empathy for self and others through its curricula, methods, and strategies.

The power of Toolbox Project resides in the moment-to-moment invitation to the “common language'' and ""practices"" of Toolbox Project. A strength/asset-based vocabulary shared among children, educators, and parents that gives children their own solutions using the 12 strategies and practices of Toolbox Project.

Last reviewed: 2023

Intended Outcomes:

Improve student behavior and social–emotional skills in the domains of:

  • Intrapersonal Strength
  • Interpersonal Strength
  • Affective Skills
  • School Climate

Continuum of Care:
Universal Prevention

Topic Areas:
Anxiety, Behavioral Health/Mental Health, Disruptive Behaviors, Trauma

Childhood (4-12)

Geographic Locations:
Rural, Urban

Delivery Settings:
Community-Based, School-Based

Cultural Considerations:
No research found involving diverse populations

All children grades K-6.

This program is facilitated by educators, therapists/counselors, and administrators.


Is Training Required?
Yes, see developer info

Who can provide the required training?
Please visit the following site for more training information:

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

Program/Practice Website:

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research:

Shapiro, V. B., Lee, J., & Kim, B. K. E. (2023). TOOLBOX effects on K-2 student growth in social-emotional competence: Evidence from a quasi-experimental study. Contemporary School Psychology, 27(1), 198-213.

Unable to be Rated

WV Rating:
Unable to Be Rated
»WV Ratings Info

Rationale for Rating:

This program is unable to be rated. No peer-reviewed, published research is available at this time. The one available technical report is outdated (2010) and did not relate to the WV population.

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