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The Footprints for Life™ program helps young children build a strong foundation of life skills rooted in key social competencies. Footprints for Life's website provides parents with a complete run-down of stories and lessons, enabling them to work along with their children as they attend program sessions in school. Program has been evaluated independently by Rutgers University and has demonstrated significant behavionreppral change related to all five social competencies on both the individual and classroom level. Listed on the National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices (NREPP) and identified by the New Jersey Division of Addiction Services as an evidence-based program. Risk Factors Addressed:

  • Early anti-social behavior and Early first use
  • Target Population: Grades 2-3 in a classroom or small group setting
  • CSAP Strategy: Prevention Education
  • Process: Six (6) forty-five minute sessions
  • Evaluation Measures: Pre- and post- behavioral evaluation instruments for parents; Pre- and post- instruments for teachers to evaluate classroom-level behavior: and, Pre- and post- instruments for teachers to evaluate individual-level behavior

NCADD’s Footprints for Life™ program was recently approved for listing on The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). It is the first curriculum from New Jersey to receive this recognition and the only program designed specifically to promote social competencies in early elementary school students to be listed. To read more about this exciting development, click here!


To enable you to learn more about this program, NCADD has developed a special Footprints for Life website.

The goal of Footprints for Life is to help young children build a strong foundation of life skills rooted in key social competencies. The social competencies that Footprints addresses are planning and decision-making practice, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, peer pressure, and peaceful conflict resolution — assets identified as promoting positive attitudes and behaviors.

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