• Do you want to
  • Who can participate:
  • What to expect:
  • How it works:
    • Encourage social emotional learning in your classroom?

    • Reduce violence and aggressive interactions between the kids in your care?

    • Help the kids you work with increase their ability to make safe and healthy choices?

    • STAR Kids is offered through MACAA Head Start preschool classes and several child care centers in Charlottesville and the surrounding area.

    • Contact us to request STAR Kids for your classroom or child care center!

    • STAR Kids educators travel to each classroom and teach 15 to 30-minute “Al’s Pals” lessons twice a week throughout the school year.

    • Our Educators use the “Al’s Pals- Kids Making Healthy Choices” curriculum, which is evidence-based and centered around puppets!

    • The STAR Kids Educator leads the lesson while classroom teachers assist. Then, the teacher continues to work with children on the concepts taught throughout the day.

    • Al and his “Pals” engage kids using music, movement, and dramatic play. The activities help kids develop positive social and emotional skills like: using self control, making friends, expressing feelings, accepting differences, and making safe and healthy choices.

    • STAR Kids educators lead the lessons, and support ongoing learning by suggesting follow up activities for teachers to reinforce the key concepts in their classroom each day.

    • These lessons and follow up activities help to create a classroom environment of caring, cooperation, respect and responsibility through building children’s ability to make safe and healthy choices.

    • Teachers report children participating in Al’s Pals are increasing use of positive behaviors like: sharing, helping, and taking turns, this also helps kids to decrease anti-social and aggressive behaviors.

    • Parents receive letters from STAR Kids Educators throughout the year so that they are aware of skills their child is learning. These communications also suggest activities to do at home!

    Get Started!

    Call Shannon Banks, (434) 296-4118, ext. 238