Logan Hocking School District: Putting young children on PATHS to social-emotional health

With funding from Project LAUNCH, teachers in the Logan Hocking School District and their mental health partners have expanded their highly successful PATHS program. Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies or PATHS is a social-emotional violence prevention curriculum listed on the SAMSHA National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices. In previous years, the LHSD program primarily focused on elementary students. Last year, Project LAUNCH helped the school buy additional materials so that the program could be offered in preschool and kindergarten classes. However, despite teachers embracing the program, there were only enough materials to do lessons one time a week. The PATHS curriculum was designed to be delivered more frequently. This year, Project LAUNCH provided resources for additional sets of the preschool/kindergarten curriculum so that every preschool and kindergarten teacher will have a classroom set and be able to integrate the program on a daily basis. For more about this program and other early childhood mental health programs associated with IPAC, please see  http//www.ipacohio.org/early-childhood-mental-health-consultation