PATHS® Program Curriculum Improves Children’s Social-Emotional Skills, Reduces Conflict
LAUDERHILL, Fla. – Arc Broward and YMCA of South Florida will be honored with the PATHS® International Model Afterschool Programs Award at the 2018 PATHS International Conference May 3-4 in Chicago for their participation in the Maximizing Out-of-School Time (MOST) program funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC). The two nonprofit organizations will be the very first recipients of the award for afterschool programs.
To be considered for this prestigious recognition, an afterschool program must adopt PATHS (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies) skills throughout its leadership, provide an environment where its staff feels nurtured and valued, and communicate with parents about PATHS’s social-emotional learning skills and how to implement them within their homes. Because Arc Broward and YMCA of South Florida will become model programs, they may receive visits from national and international providers interested in seeing a quality PATHS afterschool program in action.
The CSC began incorporating PATHS into its MOST programs in 2008, and made it a requirement in 2012. The PATHS program is an elementary school curriculum which has been shown to prevent or reduce behavioral and emotional problems in children, while improving the social and academic environment of afterschool programs like MOST. Social and emotional competence is a master skill that underlies both effective behavior and academic success. Teachers have reported dramatic improvements in the attitudes and behavior of their students after implementing the PATHS curriculum.
PATHS has had a significant impact on Broward’s children through the CSC’s MOST programs. Many of the children struggle with issues such as low self-esteem, poor impulse control and limited conflict resolution skills. In addressing these problems directly, PATHS lessons are taught in 30-minute sessions and provide a critical framework for children to explore social-emotional learning. PATHS uses tools such as posters and the Kid of the Day ceremony to remind children of the PATHS philosophy and methods.
Arc Broward and YMCA of South Florida are two of 22 nonprofit service providers throughout Broward County that are funded to provide MOST services. With nearly 90 locations, MOST sites offer homework assistance, project-based learning, field trips, and cultural arts opportunities in addition to social, emotional, and physical development to children—including those with special needs. CSC staff will attend the 2018 PATHS International Conference to share with attendees the impact PATHS has had within the MOST afterschool programs, and describe the journey Arc Broward and YMCA of South Florida made to become PATHS Model Afterschool programs.
About the Children’s Services Council of Broward County
The Children’s Services Council of Broward County is an independent taxing authority which was established by a public referendum on September 5, 2000, and was reauthorized on November 4, 2014, which, through Public Act, Chapter 2000-461 of the laws of Florida, authorized the Council to levy up to 0.5 mills of property taxes. The role of the Council is to provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children’s lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of quality care.