Blueprints Program Rating: Model
A school-based social emotional learning program for students in elementary and middle schools to increase positive behavior, reduce negative behavior, and improve social and emotional learning and school climate. The classroom-based curriculum teaches understanding and management of self and how to interact with others through positive behavior, with school climate programs used to reinforce the classroom concepts school-wide.
Because Positive Action can include such a variety of activities with both students, special education and regular education, and their parents, a wide variety of funding sources have been used to pay for Positive Action programs. These range from teacher training funds to curriculum purchase dollars to Medicaid for services to special education students to drug abuse prevention funding.
Allocating State or Local General Funds
Public school budgets are primary funders of Positive Action, using curriculum purchase and teacher training funds. In addition, state funding for mental health, substance abuse prevention and child welfare could be sources for funding aspects of the Positive Action program.
Maximizing Federal Funds
Entitlement Funding: Medicaid has been used to pay for counseling for special education students as part of Positive Action. Title IV-E funds have been accessed for Positive Action materials used to train foster parents.
Formula Funds: Federal formula grants available to fund Positive Action through the U.S. Department of Education includes Titles I, II, III, IV and VI as well as Race to the Top funding.
Discretionary Grants: A wide range of federal discretionary grants should be considered for Positive Action funding. Federal agencies issuing grants that might be relevant to Positive Action include the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, OJJDP, the Department of Justice and SAMHSA.
Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships
Grants from foundations with interests in academic achievement, substance abuse, youth behavior and parent education can be considered as sources of grant funding to support Positive Action initial implementation.
All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the developers at Positive Action, Inc. to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.