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The Promising Practices Network (PPN) website is a unique resource that offers credible, research-based information on what works to improve the lives of children and families.

Sometimes referred to as a "best practices" site or a "model program" site, PPN is both of those things and much more. In addition to providing summaries of effective programs in our Programs that Work section, PPN also features Issue Briefs that summarize the current research on various topics, as well as Expert Perspectives, where child policy experts answer our visitors' most pressing questions on a variety of topics. PPN also links to additional research information in all areas related to child well-being, including their physical and mental health, academic success, and economic security. To promote successful implementation of best practices and model programs, PPN also screens and posts evidence-based information on effective Service Delivery.

In addition to the breadth of information PPN provides, visitors can rely on PPN to provide information that has met our high standards for scientific credibility, objectivity, and clarity. Learn about our process for reviewing information for inclusion on the site and how to submit a program for consideration.

June 2013  What's New

Family Foundations program improves parenting, child behavior

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The Family Foundations (FF) program is a series of eight pre- and post-natal classes designed for expectant couples who are living together (cohabitating or married). FF classes are interactive and skills-based, focusing on enhancing the "coparenting" relationship. Researchers followed families immediately after the program completed (when children were about 6.5 months old), at 13 months, and again at 36 months. They found that the program led to significant improvements in numerous areas, including parental mental health, coparental support, parenting practices, infant regulation and child behavior.

Read moreRead the new Family Foundations program summary

SafeCare home visiting program reduces child maltreatment

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SafeCare is a home visiting program for parents of children ages 0-5 years who are at risk for child maltreatment or have been reported to Child Protective Services (CPS) for child maltreatment. The program aims to reduce subsequent child maltreatment by educating parents on home safety and organization skills, child health and nutrition management, and parent-child interaction skills. Researchers found a significantly lower risk of a subsequent CPS report among families in the SafeCare group compared to families receiving CPS home visiting.

Read moreRead the new SafeCare program summary

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools improves outcomes for children exposed to trauma

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The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program is a group intervention for children in grades six through nine. The program is aimed at relieving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and general anxiety among children exposed to trauma. CBITS has been a "proven" PPN program due to its positive impacts on child emotional well-being. The CBITS summary has been updated to include a more recent evaluation, which shows that the program can also improve students' academic performance.

Read moreRead the updated CBITS program summary

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