top ratings from independent evaluators

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

  • Select Program — highest possible rating

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development; University of Colorado

  • Model Program — one of only 15 programs to receive this rating out of over 1,400 reviewed to date

Office of Head Start’s Social Emotional Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report

  • The PATHS® Preschool/Kindergarten classroom module is one of two programs in the to show evidence of all 12 components of an effective curriculum, with top ratings in

  • Being evidence-based.

  • Being comprehensive across social and emotional development (SE) and approaches to learning (ATL) domain elements.

  • Depth for each covered SE domain element.

  • Well-designed learning activities.

  • Responsive teaching.


additional national and international recognition

Office of Justice Programs' CrimeSolutions.gov — Effective Program (highest possible rating).

U.S. Department of Justice/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — Effective Program (highest possible rating).*

*The PATHS® program is one of only two universal classroom-based social and emotional learning curricula to achieve this rating.

U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Youth Violence — Promising Program.

Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) — Best Practice.

Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) — Level 1 Program (highest possible rating).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Model Program (highest possible rating).*

*The PATHS® program was one of only 12 SAMHSA Model Programs that had documented Academic Achievement outcomes -- and one of only two programs designed for children ages 5-12.

SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) — Perfect score -- program materials.*

*3.6 points out of 4 in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network — Model Program (highest possible rating).

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — Best Practices Program.

U.S. Dept. of Education, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program's Expert Panel — Promising Program.

KidsMatter Australian Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative — Highest possible rating in all SEL categories (Australia).

Early Intervention: The Next Steps: A Report for Her Majesty's Government — Level 1 Program (United Kingdom) highest possible rating.*

*The PATHS® program is the ONLY universal classroom-based social and emotional learning curriculum to achieve this rating.

The PATHS® program has also been recognized for its effectiveness by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.