Play and Learning Strategies – Toddler/Preschool Program (PALS II)

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About This Program

Target Population: Children 18 months to 4 years and their families

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 1 – 4

Brief Description

The PALS II curriculum was developed to facilitate parents’ mastery of specific skills for interacting with their young children, such as understand children’s signals, responding contingently, guiding children’s behavior, and using rich language. It is designed as a preventive intervention program to strengthen the bond between parent and child and to stimulate early language, cognitive, and social development via positive language input, use of language and activities to encourage children’s problem solving skills, and positive discipline strategies. There is also a Play and Learning Strategies - Infant Program (PALS I) which is rated in the Home Visiting for Child Well-Being topic area as well.

Program Goals:

The goals of Play and Learning Strategies – Toddler/Preschool Program (PALS II) are:

  • Increase parents’ contingent responsiveness behaviors
  • Increase parents’ rich language input
  • Increase parents’ emotional/affective support
  • Increase parents’ ability to maintain child’s focus of attention
  • Increase the child’s language, cognitive, and social outcomes

Contact Information

Ursula Johnson, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: The Children's Learning Institute at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Phone: (713) 500-3767
Fax: (713) 500-3705

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2015