Prevention and Intervention Programs

Adopted January 1995 – Revised February 2014 – Health, Community Concerns and Family Engagement Commissions

California State PTA believes in the importance of preventing and eliminating factors that may be detrimental to the health, safety and well-being of all children, families and youth.

Recognizing that any circumstance that interferes with a child’s potential to become a healthy, educated, productive citizen places that child at risk, California State PTA believes prevention and intervention programs are vital. Early intervention programs are needed to end the escalating patterns of alienation, which often lead to anti-social and criminal behavior. Prevention and intervention programs must include the areas of physical health, mental health and be designed to enable children and youth to become productive citizens in their communities.

California State PTA further believes that collaboration must occur between the school, health, social services, and other community agencies to design and provide intervention and prevention/support programs for youth. Such programs may include strategies that will:

  • Enhance self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • Emphasize disease prevention, immunization, visual screening, auditory testing and dental care;
  • Educate youth on proper nutrition, appropriate prenatal care, and the dangers of drug, tobacco and other nicotine-containing products, such as e-cigarettes and other products yet to be created, and alcohol use;
  • Provide counseling, and where appropriate, mentoring;
  • Strengthen and expand alternative education programs;
  • Provide life skills education including parenting and vocational training; and
  • Provide positive age appropriate recreational, social, and cultural activities in the community before and after school hours and on weekends.

California State PTA believes that children and youth must be given every opportunity to reach their full potential. California State PTA further believes that concerned individuals, agencies, and organizations must join together to address the needs of all children and youth. Together, families, schools, and communities can effectively strengthen and enhance the maturation of our children, resulting in emotionally secure, healthy, and socially responsible adults.

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