Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support (PBIS)

The “Effective Climates in School Age Programs” pilot has successfully taken off with the enthusiasm of committed out of school time programs who are driven by their dedication to creating and maintaining safe and effective environments, to ensuring that all youth have the social/ emotional skills needed to be successful, and to enhancing staff competence in promoting appropriate practices for the guidance of youth behavior and increased learning. The goal of the pilot is to create a paradigm shift within school age care programs that empowers staff with the tools to move from an authoritarian approach, to a proactive resiliency approach that supports children’s responsibility for their behavior, and builds internal locus of control.

This relationship based model focuses on the impact that positive behavior supports have on children, families, and center climate. As “challenging behavior” continues to be a topic of great interest among many who work in school-age programs, this pilot has begun to target this problem by assisting teams at 23 school-age programs in Southeastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware counties) by implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) strategies.

Through on-site professional development and hands-on relationship-based mentoring/coaching, these programs explore the use of research based materials such as: the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) curriculum, the Good Behavior Game, and the Resiliency Approach to create climate wide change. This three year pilot has been made possible through funding from the PEW Charitable Trusts Foundation.