The PATHS® Curriculum

The PATHS® curriculum is a comprehensive program for promoting emotional and social competencies and reducing aggression and behavior problems in elementary school-aged children while simultaneously enhancing the educational process in the classroom. This innovative curriculum is designed to be used by educators and counselors in a multi-year, universal prevention model. Although primarily focused on the school and classroom settings, information and activities are also included for use with parents.

An updated version of the PATHS® curriculum was released in early 2011 which is organized into separate grade-specific classroom kits for PreK/Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4. and Grade 5/6. The original multi-year version is also available from the publisher. For further information on ordering curricular materials, please go to

The PATHS® program is designed to be taught two or more times per week for a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day. Systematic, developmentally-based lessons, materials, and instructions are provided to facilitate emotional literacy, self-control, social competence, positive peer relations, and interpersonal problem-solving skills. Key objectives in promoting these developmental skills are to prevent and to reduce behavioral and emotional problems.

The Preschool/Kindergarten level assists educators and counselors in early education to create an environment that helps young children 3 to 6 years of age to develop better self-control, self-esteem, emotional awareness, basic problem-solving skills, social skills, and friendships. This level can be taught over a two year period through lessons and activities that highlight reading, telling stories, puppetry, singing, drawing, and use of concepts in science and math. These lessons and generalization throughout the day help can be easily integrated into existing learning environments to build the critical cognitive skills necessary for school readiness and academic success. Timing and frequency of sessions can be adapted to suit individual preschool or kindergarten needs.


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