Preventative Education Programs

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How the Preventive Programs Operate:

ACAA will provide a facilitator to deliver Yellow Brick Road or You Choose in the classroom or a child care centre. We will plan and deliver a Raising Healthy Families program with you in your community. ACAA will conduct workshops and presentations. These services may be arranged by contacting ACAA.

Measurement to Ensure Accountability

For the past 15 years ACAA has had evaluation in place to measure outcomes and process for the preventive programs. Pre and post questionnaires are used. For Yellow Brick Road the teacher completes a Classroom Behavior Checklist at the outset of the program and at the end along with other evaluation indicators. For grade three level or higher, participants and teachers complete both pre and post evaluations.

Parents participating in Raising Healthy Children complete pre and post questionnaires including the evaluative scale called “Being a Parent.” Regular evaluation reports are produced by an independent evaluator. In addition, evaluation tools have been developed and utilized for our occasional programs: You Choose, Options and The Other Three Rs. We utilize the results of the participant evaluations of our programs to improve the program content and delivery.


Yellow Brick Road
This educational program for children three to six years promotes healthy relationship skills to help deal with potentially abusive situations, and is offered in partnership with day care centres and schools.

Yellow Brick Road is about improving the relationship skills of 3-6 year-old children in schools and pre-school centers through a process of gaining a better understanding of feelings and actions, and learning better ways of inter-relating and solving problems in school, at play and at home.

Yellow Brick Road is an early intervention, preventive program delivered by the Association of Communities Against Abuse in partnership with schools and child care centers in communities in East Central Alberta.

This program is funded by the Community Action Program for Children, Health Canada.

What Happens in the Program

•Four in-class sessions (information and exercises) provided by an ACAA facilitator with students over a two month period.
•Information provided by Communities Against Abuse for the school/centre staff.
•Monitoring and coaching by school or child centre staff between sessions.
•Evaluation and follow-up
•Information and communication with the parents determined in consultation with the school or centre and parents.

.What do we talk about in Yellow Brick Road?

•Understanding feelings, what to do and why.
•The difference between telling and tattling.
•What is abusive/violent behavior (in school, on the playground, at home).
•Why it is not OK.
•Alternatives such as using your words and how to calm down.
•What and who is safe in our community.

What are the benefits of having the program in your school or child care centre?

“A great program that covers a lot of social skills that are lacking.”

“Every grade gets the same information. This was helpful by giving a consistent message.”

“Seems to have improved some behaviors and there is less tattling.”

“It has made me stop and think and use strategies from the program.”

“Students are more aware of feelings, differentiating between feelings and developing ways to control and calm oneself.”

“It is very helpful having an outside person tell them. The students have heard it so much from school personnel. The impact is greater when it’s a different person.”


You Choose
This program is designed for Grades 3 to 6 and the primary focus is to address bullying, including cyber bullying and online safety. The program also addresses abusive behaviour and looks at healthy peer relationships.

The You Choose Program is a violence prevention program for students in Grades 3-6 in East Central Alberta. This program looks at the bully, the victim and the bystander’s roles in the bullying situation. You Choose promotes healthy relationships and positive problem solving and helps students discover appropriate alternatives to bullying and violence.

There are four sessions either weekly or bi-weekly with students and teachers facilitated by an ACAA staff.A variety of teaching methods are used including discussion, asking questions, videos and interactive exercises.


This program is designed for Grades 7 to 9 and is about developing healthy relationships and identifying abusive peer situations.

Options is an interactive, in-class, strategy for students in grades 7 to 9. Options promotes healthy relationships and positive problem solving. Interactive sessions with students and teachers take place in six sessions over 4 to 6 weeks, and are facilitated by two trained facilitators from ACAA.

This approach recognizes that there are resiliencies within individuals that can enhance their ability to overcome adversity and the stress of situations, and that by using these resiliencies they can help create positive experiences and healthy relationships.


The Other 3 Rs
This program is for students in Grades 10 to 12. The primary focus is to look at dating violence and abusive behaviour. We also look at body image and self-esteem.

The Other 3 Rs (Respect, Responsibility, and Relationships) fosters equality fair play and safe communities through the concepts of respect and responsibility in relationships. It focuses on helping youth reduce the use of abusive and violent methods to solve problems and relate to others. The initial goals for youth are:
• Respect for self and others
• Acceptance of responsibility
• Healthy relationships with others

The Other 3 Rs is designed to make a difference in attitudes, beliefs, and actions:
1. Increased awareness among youth of what sexual harassment is, what violence and abuse are, and what discrimination is.
2. Increased understanding among youth of what to do when they find themselves in such situations, as potential victims or perpetrators.
3. Decreased amount of testing, put downs; use of verbal and physical abuse and other inappropriate ways of relating to others.
4. Greater respect for themselves and others.
5. Improved school climate as a result of a program that works with everyone in the school including students, teachers, and staff.

If you would like more information about programs, please visit our Contact Us page.