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Peacemaking Skills for Little Kids/Creating Caring Children (PeaceWorks)

Program Description

The first, Peacemaking Skills for Little Kids, is a school-based curriculum targeted to children in pre-K through kindergarten, in which parents and teachers are taught to foster cooperation, self-regulation, prosocial behavior, expressive language skills, empathy, and conflict avoidance. Lessons are interactive, based in cooperative learning and teaching strategies. Depending upon the grade level, there are between 30–85 activities available to the teacher as well as strategies for incorporating aspects of the program throughout the classroom and in other core academic content areas. Lessons typically include scripted teacher introduction and closing, teaching and reinforcing vocabulary, singing songs, use of teaching aids such as the music CD or puppet, activities, reading stories aloud, and student independent work. The program is oriented around the following 5 “I-Care Rules,” which encourage listening skills and cooperation, understanding and managing emotions, and responsibility: 1) we listen to each other, 2) hands are for helping, not hurting, 3) we use I-Care language, 4) we care about each other’s feelings, and 5) we are responsible for what we say and do.

Creating Caring Children is a daycare-based curriculum for very young children (birth to age three) intended to identify, address, and meet their developmental needs in a conscious, caring way. The curriculum is designed to provide parents, professional caregivers, and daycare administrators with training on child temperament, social–emotional development, and how to provide appropriate, nurturing responses to a wide variety of behavioral issues typical during the early years. The topics addressed include communication, curiosity, exploration, possessiveness, separation anxiety, creativity, expectations, independence, routines, and toilet learning. The curriculum includes typical scenarios for infants, mobile infants, and toddlers, and contrasts a common response with a more appropriate response, offering examples of suitable language and actions. The scenarios aim to provide the conceptual framework behind the response, offer additional tips for difficult situations, and offer insight into the child's point of view. 

Program Snapshot
Evidence Ratings
Disruptive Behavior Disorders and Symptoms
Internalizing Problems
Social Competence
Social Connectedness
Program Contact
Lloyd Van Bylevelt
Executive Director

1900 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132


Dissemination/Implementation Contact
Francisco Vega, Ph.D.
Director, Grant Projects/Senior Trainer

1900 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132


Program Type
Mental health promotion


0-5 (Early childhood)

Geographic Locations

School / Classroom

Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Implementation materials available
Dissemination materials available