The Yale Child Study Center School Development Program

Authored by: James P. Comer

Handbook of Research on Schools, Schooling, and Human Development

Print publication date:  May  2010
Online publication date:  June  2010

Print ISBN: 9780805859485
eBook ISBN: 9780203874844
Adobe ISBN: 9781135283872


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The School Development Program (SDP) is a clinical service and research unit of the Yale Child Study Center, which is associated with the Child Psychiatry Department of the Yale School of Medicine. The work of the SDP, which began in 1968, is based on the belief that school experiences, guided by child development principles, have the potential to prevent behavioral, academic, and mental health problems. The initial piloting of the SDP led to the creation of a framework and process model for applying child and adolescent development principles to all aspects of the school experience in a way that improves school functioning and outcomes. The principles of the process also can be applied to practice and policy issues throughout the various levels of the education enterprise—schools, districts, staff preparatory institutions, local and state education authorities, community organizations, parents, and all other people and programs influencing schooling.

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