Sunny Side of the Street

About This Program

Target Population: Social service providers; parents who have cognitive limitations and their children preschool-age children

For children/adolescents ages: 3 – 5

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 3 – 5

Program Overview

This curriculum, funded by the National Institutes of Health, gives social service providers lessons and materials they can use with parents who have cognitive limitations and their preschool age children that support children’s school readiness. The program integrates videos, songs, and cards for families with a resource manual for social service providers. Families have fun practicing social skills, developing reading readiness skills, and organizing their morning and evening routines. Short videos, easy-to-sing songs, and colorful cards keep family routines fresh and fun. A manual for social service providers supplies a curriculum for the program and parent assessments. The program is available on DVD (with cards and a CD) with a 75-page manual.

Program Goals

The goals of Sunny Side of the Street are:

  • Support social service providers in coaching parents and children through routines that cover five essential practices for school readiness:
    • Ready for School
    • Ready to Get Along
    • Ready to Play
    • Ready to Read
    • Ready for Bed

Essential Components

The essential components of Sunny Side of the Street include:

  • Five basic lessons for families:
    • Ready for School
    • Ready to Get Along
    • Ready to Play
    • Ready to Read
    • Ready for Bed
  • Each lesson includes the following resources:
    • 10-minute videos showing families achieving the goals which can be watched by parents and children together
    • Printable material for the mentors and families
    • Songs (on a CD and on the DVD) supporting the goal
    • Full-color jumbo 52-card deck with steps for each routine
  • A mentor’s handbook that the social service provider uses:
    • Recaps each video
    • Provides replicable materials to reinforce each video
    • Provides social service providers with successful teaching and communication strategies for special families
    • Provides parent/family assessments

Program Delivery

Child/Adolescent Services

Sunny Side of the Street directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Parent who has a cognitive limitation

Parent/Caregiver Services

Sunny Side of the Street directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:

  • Parents who have low literacy and/or cognitive limitations
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:

This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: Parents’ extended families and support network are invited to get involved.

Recommended Intensity:

One-hour weekly or biweekly visits

Recommended Duration:

2-4 months to complete 5-6 visits, but can be adjusted by social services provider depending on family needs

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Birth Family Home
  • Community Agency
  • School


Sunny Side of the Street includes a homework component:

Families can watch the short, fun, videos repeatedly. Parents can track progress with refrigerator charts.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

DVD player, CD player. Computer if viewing online

Education and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

Master’s level degree in social work

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program ; but there is not training available for this program.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Sunny Side of the Street.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Sunny Side of the Street.

Contact Information

Adam Wendt
Title: CEO
Agency/Affiliation: IRIS Media, Inc. dba Trifoia
Phone: (541) 343-4747

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2019

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2014