CKCC is an evidence based intervention that aligns with the DESSA (Devereux Student Strengths Assessment), a standardized social-emotional assessment measure of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children.

CKCC for Pre-K/Early Childhood
K-5 Social-Emotional Classroom Curriculum
Family-School Collaboration
Samples of Lessons

CKCC for Early Childhood

Garden FriendsCKCC for Early Childhood is a literacy-based curriculum centering on the “Adventures of the Garden Friends” (metaphorical characters enrolled in the “Garden School”). It is organized into five units according to the SEL Common Core Standards for Pre-Kindergarten. At the heart of the curriculum are thirty beautifully illustrated picture books and puppets that are used to act out and creatively extend the stories. Training, a teacher’s guide, and “feelings cards” are included as well. Send-home password protected audio books are also a part of the package, enabling families to practice the skills taught in their homes. Because CKCC for Early Childhood uses the same “Garden Friends” characters as Grades K and 1, it aims to facilitate a seamless transition to kindergarten.

Sample pages from one of the 30 early childhood read aloud stories included with CKCC for Early Childhood

Click here to read a short published interview featuring CKCC’s Director discussing social-emotional skill-building in early childhood.

K-5 Social-Emotional Classroom Curriculum</h2>


circle-300CKCC’s newly updated curriculum integrates time-honored teaching strategies with current best-practice instructional techniques. The developmentally-organized curriculum includes creative tools for engaging students as well as extension activities to help reinforce and generalize learning across multiple contexts.

CKCC is based upon the notion that, for student success, the traditional “3 R’s”—‘Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic, need to be extended to include 5 additional “R’s,” as illustrated below. CKCC’s “5 R’s” correspond to the five social-emotional competencies delineated by Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Each weekly lesson clearly states which of the “5 R’s” is being emphasized.

Unique Features

CKCC in the ClassroomTeachers are especially delighted with the colorful PowerPoint presentations that accompany each lesson. In addition to these, CKCC’s updated K-5 curriculum includes the following distinctive features:

  • Provides guidelines to enhance family-school collaboration
  • Strengthens executive functioning as well as social-emotional skills
  • Includes interactive home-school activities translated into Spanish with each lesson
  • Aligns with Common Core Standards
  • Helps students prepare to learn using mindfulness techniques before each lesson
  • Provides ongoing support, coaching, and professional development
  • Recommends school-wide activities with common themes across grade levels
  • Is extremely user-friendly
    • Clear directions for weekly lessons
    • Available in print and electronic formats
    • Guidelines to differentiate instruction
    • Multiple engagement strategies to choose from in lesson planning
    • Implementation manual included

Here’s a quick look at CKCC in action, along with what some educators have to say about the program:

Family-School Collaboration

As part of Ackerman Institute for the Family, we at CKCC are keenly aware that family involvement is intricately tied to student success. Along with social-emotional skill-building, involving families in children’s learning has a proven track record of increasing motivation and improving achievement. Below are some FAQs regarding CKCC’s family-school collaboration component:

What is family-school collaboration?

The goal of family-school school collaboration is to connect all families, whether they can come to school or not, to their children’s learning in educationally meaningful ways. This means including families not only as volunteers, audiences or PTA members, but also as resources for solving problems and promoting learning and as sources of information that can enrich classroom life.

Why include the family?

Parent wordleFamilies are the “experts” on their own children, and an often untapped resource for enhancing their children’s school experience. The more families are involved the more the messages of CKCC can be reinforced at home, thus increasing the likelihood of children developing strong, foundational social and emotional competencies. Plus, family involvement supports the work of educators and by promoting a more positive, varied, and connected classroom and school climate.

How can families be involved? CKCC offers immediate ways to involve families that promote social-emotional competency building:

  • Providing fun, interactive, culturally-sensitive social-emotional activities for children to do with family members
  • Viewing the child as an ambassador between home and school who can play a key role in motivating parents to come to school
  • Offering professional development on blocking blame
  • Helping schools enhance communication between home and school
  • Helping schools to define “family” broadly, including not only parents, but older siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and even unrelated “special adults” in the child’s life

How does CKCC help schools include parents and guardians who can’t come to school?

  • Works with schools to design activities expressly for students and family members to do at home from the outset
  • Encourages teachers to send notes to all families describing particular events in detail and suggesting specific home-based activities those who could not attend, so that they get a “taste” of the event
  • Helps schools establish mechanisms for activities done at home to be represented at school

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