Research

Al’s Pals Research

Extensive research indicates that Al’s Pals significantly increases children’s prosocial behavior. Studies show that a child who participates in Al’s Pals is two to five times more likely to increase his or her use of positive social behaviors such as sharing, helping, and taking turns than a child who does not participate. A child who does not participate in Al’s Pals is two to six times more likely to increase his or her use of anti-social and aggressive behaviors such as hitting, kicking, name-calling, bullying, and destroying others’ belongings than an Al’s Pals child.

Al’s Pals has the strongest impact on children considered at higher risk – those lacking positive social skills before starting the program. Without intervention, research suggests that these children are likely to be at increased risk for future problem behavior. Extensive positive evaluation findings have resulted in Al’s Pals receiving national recognition from leading federal agencies and national organizations.

Al’s Caring Pals Research

Studies show that children in family child care homes using Al’s Caring Pals display greater gains in prosocial skills than children in family child care homes not using the program. Behaviors measured include children’s appropriate expression of feelings, demonstration of sensitivity towards others, and use of positive methods of interpersonal problem-solving. When comparing the behavior of children who received the program to the behavior of those who did not, studies indicate that Al’s Caring Pals is effective in significantly reducing aggressive and anti-social behavior such as kicking, hitting, pushing, teasing, and bullying others.

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