Reaching Educators, Children and Parents (RECAP)
This program is delivered to children who exhibit mental health and behavior problems from low-income elementary schools and their parents and teachers and is intended to impact children.
Reaching Educators, Children and Parents (RECAP), a school-based skills development program, is designed to address and prevent psychological, social, and behavioral problems among children who are considered to be high-risk.
An internal(RCT) of the program has been conducted. Results indicated improvements in teacher-, self-, and parent-reports of internalizing and teacher-, self-, and peer-reports of externalizing problems among treatment children compared to control children lasting up to 1 year following program participation. In addition, compared to control children, treatment children's negative peer ratings were found to decline over the course of the program.
RECAP focuses on increasing competencies related to coping, problem-solving, and parenting and includes components for children, teachers, and parents.
Child components include individual and group sessions and classroom sessions with peers and discuss the following topics.
- Develop social and communication skills;
- Encourage accurate attributions of others’ intentions;
- Use self-monitoring and self-control strategies;
- Monitor expression and regulate emotions; and
- Learn relaxation techniques.
Parent and teacher components emphasize the following:
- Use appropriate praise and punishment;
- Strengthen adult-child communication and relationships; and
- Support the child’s use of RECAP skills.
Beyond the RCT, which was implemented in three elementary schools in Nashville, Tennessee, it is unclear to what extent the program has been used.
Considerations for implementing RECAP include obtaining administrative, teacher, and parent buy-in; recruiting and retaining participants; finding time to incorporate the program into the academic year; and helping reduce barriers to attendance at the parent meetings, such as providing transportation.
The Clearinghouse can help address these considerations. Please call 1-877-382-9185 or email Clearinghouse@psu.edu
If you are interested in implementing RECAP, the Clearinghouse is interested in helping you!
Please call 1-877-382-9185 or email Clearinghouse@psu.edu
This program lasts for one school year. Classroom lessons occur one to two times a week, and child and parent groups are held once a week.
Please contact Dr. Bahr Weiss for information on program costs.
To move RECAP to the Effective category on the Clearinghouse Continuum of Evidence, at least onemust be conducted that demonstrates sustained, positive outcomes. This study must be conducted independently of the program developer.
The Clearinghouse can help you develop an evaluation plan to ensure the program components are meeting your goals. Please call 1-877-382-9185 or email Clearinghouse@psu.edu
Weiss, Harris, Catron, and Han (2003); www.childtrends.org/?programs=reaching-educators-children-and-parents-recap; and www.promisingpractices.net/program.asp?programid=155
*Resources and associated costs reflect those identified at the time of fact sheet publication.