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Program Endorsements and the Lists

What Are "the Lists"?

Agencies and organizations endorse programs that have met a set of criteria for best practices. These endorsements are often referred to as "the lists."

Programs that are on these lists have gone through evaluation studies that show positive results. Some of the lists require a program's development to be evidence-based.

Why Are the Lists Important?

Many funding agencies require programs to be on one or more of the lists to qualify for grants.

Is the Second Step Program on the Lists?

Yes! The Second Step program is based on a solid foundation of research and has gone through a number of evaluation studies.

What Agencies Have Endorsed the Second Step Program?

  • U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (SDFS) as an Exemplary Program
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) as an Effective Program
  • Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as a Select Program
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a Model Program
  • Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Western (CSAP) as a Best Practice

What Other Organizations Endorse Committee for Children's Programs?

  • Hamilton Fish Institute rated the Second Step program as a Demonstrated Program
  • Drug Strategies published review results in Safe Schools, Safe Students: A Guide to Violence Prevention Strategies and gave the Second Step program its highest rating
  • The White House Annual Report on School Safety identified the Second Step program as a Model Program for school violence prevention
  • The New Jersey Department of Education identified the Second Step program as a Character Education Program of Merit
  • Promising Practices Network included the Second Step program on its Programs That Work list
  • The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) included the Second Step program in the 2007 Model Practice Database
  • Helping America's Youth
  • Virginia Best Practices in School-Based Violence Prevention
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